Briton elected as new DAC chair

OECD Observer

Richard Manning, a senior British civil servant, has been elected chairman of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), succeeding Jean-Claude Faure who has held the post since 1999. Mr Manning will take up his duties in June 2003.

The DAC is the leading forum where bilateral aid donors work together to increase the effectiveness of their efforts to support sustainable development. The countries represented in the DAC supply some 95% of the world’s official development assistance (ODA).

Mr Manning is currently director-general for policy at the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He has worked for DFID and its predecessor agencies since 1965, including in west Africa and southeast Asia and as alternate executive director at the World Bank.

He is currently chair of the DAC Task Force on aid practices, which recently produced a report entitled Harmonising Donor Practices for Effective Aid Delivery.

©OECD Observer No 236, March 2003

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