Turkey is on the way of OECD DAC Membership

01 May 2012

Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA), OECD Development Cooperation Directorate and UNDP organized a joint “Aid Management Seminar” on 19-20 April in Ankara.

New Horizons - The Seminar provided an opportunity for 140 representatives from more than 30 public institutions to discuss emerging trends in international development cooperation.

Discussions focused on the steps required for OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) membership, obligations of Turkey's potential membership to DAC as well as broader issues on aid effectiveness, global trends and mechanisms that govern international development cooperation.

UNDP’s support in this Seminar was designed as part of the capacity support provided to TIKA for more effective aid delivery, building on Turkey’s emerging development donor role within the framework of the project ‘Bridging Emerging Donor Roles and South-South Cooperation’, implemented with TIKA since 2008.

Turkey offered membership for OECD DAC

For 50 years Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of OECD is working towards “promoting development cooperation so as to contribute to sustainable development and to a future in which no country will depend on aid.”

23 countries and European Union are the members of OECD DAC. Turkey is a founder member of OECD, however still holds an observer position in DAC.

Brian Atwood, Chairman of DAC, visited Turkey on February 20-22 , 2012  and  offered membership to Turkey in the OECD Development Assistance Committee as a country already assisting many countries, including Somalia, in all corners of the world.

Atwood shared his expectation from Turkey to announce its intention to become a member of DAC at the OECD Ministerial Conference on May 22-24 which will be chaired by Turkey.

TIKA, as the main coordinator of ODA in Turkey, in collaboration with UNDP and OECD organized a seminar to contribute to informed decision making by elaborating on the obligations and necessary steps of membership to DAC together with decision makers and experts of leading public institutions of Turkish development cooperation.

Global process in development cooperation

On the first day of the Seminar OECD Deputy Director Karen Jorgensen  and Kimberly Smith from the Statistics Division informed the participants on working with the DAC and the  Accession Process.

UNDP Programme Managers Berna Bayazıt (Turkey) and Dmitri Mariassin (Bratislava) presented trends, partnerships and innovative examples of development cooperation through global process of UN.

The second day of the Seminar emphasized DAC Statistics and Reporting format as one of the most important criteria of Membership.

The Seminar created a discussion platform on Turkey's DAC membership for a diverse range of participants and pending Turkey’s decision to communicate its commitment for DAC membership, will be followed by other events that aim at increasing awareness on the subject.