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Logo of the OCDEThe Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD, which Spain has been part of since 1991, is made up of 29 members selected according to the following criteria: the existence in these countries of appropriate strategies, policies and institutional frameworks that ensure the capacity to deliver a development cooperation programme, tools that are able to give a measure of effort and a system for monitoring and evaluating performance.

Since joining the DAC, Spain has fulfilled its commitment to implement the recommendations adopted by the DAC, to use DAC guidelines and reference documents, to submit to regular peer review (every four years) of its development cooperation programme and to serve as an examiner for reviewing other Committee members.

The last peer review of Spain's development cooperation programme took place in 2011.  This review gave rise to a series of recommendations, including: greater geographical, sector-specific and multilateral concentration, a clear description of the criteria for defining partner countries, a more articulated framework for working with civil society, a greater focus on results-based development, greater accountability and an improvement of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.  These recommendations have been taken into account in all subsequent planning activity. In fact, based on a thorough analysis of our capacities and available resources, the current 4th Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation is heavily inspired by these recommendations.

Two years' later, in November 2013, Spain voluntarily submitted to an intermediary review organised by the DAC. The results showed that, despite the difficult economic situation resulting in serious additional cuts to the ODA budget, with the approval of the 4th Master Plan in December 2012, "considerable progress has been made in the application of a large number of the recommendations made by the Committee in 2011".

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