Czech Republic awarded for complete and timely submission of statistical data on Official Development Assistance
In connection with accession to the OECD Development Assistance Committee(OECD/DAC), the Czech Republic is obliged to provide statistics on foreign development cooperation in the scope, structure and according to OECD standards. OECD methodology ensures that the reported assistance is consistent and comparable between years and donor countries.
Czech Republic managed to provide statistics for 2013 in the first due time, furthermore the OECD/DAC Secretariat praised the completeness and accuracy of the statistical data. The Czech Republic thus finds itself at the very top of a total of 29 OECD/DAC members and its reporting was rated as excellent. Similar success was also achieved byNorway, Slovenia, Canada, Portugal and Germany. On the contrary, statistical reports of Austria, Australia, France, Finland, Italy, Ireland and Poland were labelled as insufficient by OECD/DAC Secretariat for their late submission and incompleteness. The Czech Republic is continuously improving its statistical reporting. The use of a new electronic database as well as a workshop organized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic last February and attended by OECD experts recently contributed to this effort.
Naturally, the quality of statistical reporting is not directly proportional to the total amount of international development assistance. In this indicator, the Czech Republic is ranked only on 25th place with its development cooperation reaching 0.11 % of GNI.
Nevertheless, the appreciation of the OECD Secretariat is important because it demonstrates that increase in development assistance will not be attained by more complete statistics, but by real increase in financial allocations in national budgets. It is important to point out that development cooperation financing will be discussed by the leaders of developed and developing countries at a major international conference this July in Addis Abeba.