By Susanna Moorehead, Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
The DAC’s 60th anniversary is a good moment to pause and take stock with some honest self-reflection. Like any 60 year old, the DAC has grown up, changed a great deal, at times become a bit set in its ways, but it has also learnt to adapt, flex, respond to shocks, be less risk averse and better able to meet new challenges, incorporate new members and work with others.
The DAC’s – an international forum of many of the largest providers of aid -, middle age was defined by the Millennium Development Goals. Human development was paramount. Children born in 2000 who are alive, healthy and educated thanks to development successes are now 21 and need jobs. Many live in conflict-affected and fragile places. Many still go to bed hungry, without access to power or other necessities. Many have less and less freedom to express their views or exercise basic rights and liberties. Many young women live with more not less discrimination and violence. Many have mobile phones that empower them and show them what a better future could look like. Everyone is living with the climate crisis.Continue reading