Development Co-operation Directorate

The Development Assistance Committee's Mandate


The Development Assistance Committee (DAC)


Formerly known as the Development Assistance Group, the DAC was created by Ministerial Resolution of 23 July 1960.



The overarching objective of the DAC for the period 2018-2022 is to promote development co-operation and other relevant policies so as to contribute to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, poverty eradication, improvement of living standards in developing countries, and to a future in which no country will depend on aid.


In order to achieve this overarching objective, the Committee shall:

a) monitor, assess, report, and promote the provision of resources that support sustainable development by collecting and analysing data and information on ODA and other official and private flows, in a transparent way;

b) review development co-operation policies and practices, particularly in relation to national and internationally agreed objectives and targets, uphold international norms and standards, protect the integrity of ODA, and promote transparency and mutual learning;

c) provide analysis, guidance and good practice to assist the members of the DAC and the expanded donor community to enhance innovation, impact, development effectiveness and results in development co-operation, particularly regarding pro-poor sustainable growth and poverty eradication;

d) analyse and help shape the global development architecture with a view to maximise sustainable development results, to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and stimulate mobilisation of resources according to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development;

e) promote the importance of global public goods and policy coherence for sustainable development.


Co-ordination Arrangements:

The Committee shall:

a) collaborate closely with other relevant bodies of the OECD on cross-cutting issues and in particular on policy coherence for sustainable development;

b) engage with non-DAC OECD Members in all meetings of the DAC and its subsidiary bodies in areas of mutual interest;

c) engage Partners and other non-Members, as well as international organisations, private sector organisations, foundations, and civil society representatives in line with principles of development effectiveness, so as to ensure transparency and the relevance and inclusiveness of the DAC’s work.


Special Delegated Power:


The Committee shall continue to make recommendations to members of the DAC, as well as to the Council, within its competence on matters related to development.


The mandate of the Development Assistance Committee shall remain in force until 31 December 2022.


Source: On-Line Guide to OECD Intergovernmental Activity