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National development cooperation policies (NDCPs)

According to recent Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) survey results, 39 of 58 responding countries reported they had NDCPs or a similar policy in place. While NDCPs vary in form and scope across countries, they generally (i) set a vision on the role and use of development cooperation to achieve national sustainable development plans; (ii) establish guiding principles and policy guidelines; (iii) identify key policy objectives and commitments; (iv) outline partnership and dialogue arrangements; (v) set out the responsibilities of implementing institutions and mechanisms; and (vi) outline monitoring and evaluation arrangements. NDCPs have proven to be an effective tool to help ensure broad-based country ownership and leadership; improve the quality of development partnerships; and get better results from development cooperation, including through increased transparency and accountability. NDCPs are an integral part of developing countries’ integrated financing frameworks (see chapter II). In response to the changing development cooperation landscape, NCDPs have evolved. They are covering an increasingly diverse range of finance sources and development actors beyond ODA. For example, NCDPs increasingly integrate South-South cooperation and make linkages to domestic resource mobilization and the engagement of the private sector.