Luxembourg is an active member of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which became part of the OECD in 1961. The DAC is an international forum in which donor countries and multilateral organisations work together to help partner countries reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The DAC thus provides a forum for a community of decision-makers to discuss, improve and coordinate their public policies and approaches.
The overarching objective of the DAC for the 2018-2022 period is to promote development cooperation policies so as to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including: (i) sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth; (ii) poverty eradication; (iii) improvement of living standards in developing countries; and (iv) a future in which no country will depend on aid. The DAC also serves as a source of reference for official development assistance (ODA) statistics. Luxembourg participates in high-level meetings, working groups and networks (such as MOPAN).
In 2019, Luxembourg continued its contributions to various DAC initiatives such as the Sahel Club, the collection of statistics and the DAC work programme. In terms of financial contributions, Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation contributed EUR 200,000 to the Development Assistance Committee’s work programme, EUR 250,000 to the Tax and Development Programme, EUR 200,000 to the Sahel Club, EUR 110,000 to the MOPAN assessment network, EUR 500,000 for the BEPS programme and EUR 100,000 for the DAC Working Party on Development Finance Statistics, i.e. a total of EUR 1,360,000. In addition, the Ministry of Finance paid EUR 350,000 in ODA to the Tax Inspectors Without Borders project, which is also delivered by the BEPS. Luxembourg also provided EUR 250,000 in co-financing for the multi-dimensional country review in El Salvador, carried out by the OECD Development Centre.
The year 2019 saw the implementation and strengthening of the recommendations made by the OECD in the peer review. The mid-term review, scheduled for 2020, will assess progress since 2017.