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Better programming to deliver comprehensive solutions to refugee crises.The work of the Temporary Working Group (TWG) on Refugees and Migration

Did you know the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) formed a Temporary Working Group (TWG) on Refugees and Migration a year ago? One of its aims is to improve the transparency of efforts to cover in-donor refugee costs.

The work of the Temporary Working Group (TWG) on Refugees and Migration involves building on existing good practices, learning lessons from failure and seeking options to use ODA more effectively. The TWG will undertake an evidence-based review of policy coherence issues, financing instruments and effective  partnerships with the aim of making development assistance more efficient and effective.  In its work the TWG draws on expertise across the Directorate and the OECD. It provides a forum for members to: deepen their understanding of forced displacement; identify and address common challenges; find opportunities for collaboration and creation of partnerships; agree on ways to engage with stakeholders; contribute to more inclusive, transparent and credible policy responses; and lead by example.

(Source, graphic > right: UNHCR)



Refugees and development graphic: 65.3 forcibly displaced 



Many DAC members are facing unprecedented and escalating inflows of refugees and migrants.

In 2015, more than 1 million people crossed the Mediterranean Sea to look for international protection in Europe. In total, about 1.5 million claimed asylum in OECD countries in the same year. This is almost twice the number recorded in 201CSO inputs on clarification of rules on ODA to in-donor refugee costs4 and the highest number ever. Official Development Assistance (ODA) has played an important role in supporting the costs of providing refugees with temporary sustenance in OECD countries. Under the direction and expertise of the Statistics & Development Finance Division, the OECD will help DAC members to clarify the Reporting Directives pertaining to in-donor country refugee costs; map categories of costs currently reported and compile more accurate and accessible data. These efforts will contribute to enhancing comparability, transparency and credibility of ODA spent in donor countries.