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Peer Reviews on Development Finance Statistics


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Countries often face similar challenges in statistical reporting on development finance. Through Peer Reviews on Development Finance Statistics, DAC members and the OECD jointly assess how countries collect, report and publish their data, so as to help them cope with an increasing demand for comprehensive, reliable and accessible statistics on development finance, in a context of frequent changes to the reporting requirements, staff-turnover and often complex, decentralised reporting systems.

Latest review - Slovenia

  • The MFA as a national coordinator for development co-operation and humanitarian aid is responsible for the calculation of ODA and protection of the ODA boundaries. It carries out this responsibility by making use of various documents prepared by the OECD e.g. Reporting Directives, peace and security Casebook. Staff at Ministries are regularly reminded of the ODA definition. The MFA also engages in ad-hoc consultations on project proposals and provides assistance in finding relevant references in the Reporting Directives. The MFA has a methodology which sets conditions and criteria for the assessment and selection of project proposals. Projects are required to comply with the ODA definition.
  • Slovenia is gradually implementing reporting on Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD). The MFA keeps the other Ministries informed of developments related to TOSSD.


  • The review team was impressed by the scope of activities taken care of by a statistical staff at the MFA in a thorough manner. The large participation of external stakeholders during the review sessions is a testimony of the good collaboration maintained to collect all the necessary information. These are commendable, however, the activities conducted by the statistical staff would benefit from a stronger back-up from one or two colleagues within the Ministry or from additional knowledge sharing.
  • Slovenia is encouraged to continue its efforts on TOSSD reporting. The fact that the MFA has already reached out to other Government agencies as well as its diligent work on assigning SDG(s) are commendable


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Enhancing the quality and use of data on development finance

  • The OECD methodological guide for peer reviews on development finance statistics promotes a dialogue between the reviewed country, the peers and the OECD. The reviews cover seven dimensions: statistical policy issues; domestic data collection; statistical reporting; performance on DAC recommendations and international commitments; transparency; data accessibility; and publication of statistics.


    The Reviews seek to:

    • Help identify and share best reporting practices among DAC members through peer learning.
    • Enhance OECD’s understanding of countries' challenges in reporting to provide better guidance.
    • Monitor compliance with the Reporting Directives and support the implementation of WP-STAT decisions.
    • Assist non-DAC countries to follow DAC statistical standards.
    • Provide opportunities for non-DAC countries to benefit from in-depth reviews of DAC members' statistical reporting systems.
    • Inform the broader development community of efforts undertaken to ensure the quality of statistics on development finance.

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