The Development Assistance Group (DAG) was established in 2001 and is composed of 30 bilateral and multilateral partners. The DAG was established to foster and catalyse policy dialogue and to coordinate and harmonize development partners' support in the Government of Ethiopia's preparation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the national development plan and the MDGs. While Ethiopia is one of the largest recipients of ODA in sub-Saharan Africa in terms of volume (USD 3.6 billion in 2014), the ODA per capita translates to only USD 37, below the sub-Saharan average of USD 50 per capita.
The current project, "Phase IV - Development Partners' Support to the Growth and Transformation Plan implementation process in Ethiopia" will end in December 2015, and the new phase - Phase V will support the implementation of the second Growth and Transformation Plan and the post-2015 agenda. The DAG Pooled Fund includes three outputs that are implemented by the Government of Ethiopia's National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED).
1 - Support to GTP and MDG consultative processes;
2 - Effective DAG and Government dialogue;
3 - Enhance the capacity of Government and development partners to achieve aid effectiveness and harmonization targets.
The DAG Pooled Fund also supports the pursuit and monitoring of the aid effectiveness agenda in line with global commitments made most recently in the Mexico High-Level Communique (2014), but also at the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (2011); in the Accra Agenda for Action (2008); and the Paris Declaration (2005).
The DAG structure includes the DAG Heads of Agency, Executive Committee (ExCom), technical working groups, and Secretariat, but also refers to their associations to one another and the interface with Government.
DAG heads of agency meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues relevant to the development agenda in the country.
The DAG ExCom meets just prior to the Heads of Agency meeting and consists of nine (9) members, including the African Development Bank, Canada (co-chair), DFID, EU, Germany, Netherlands, UNRC, USAID and the World Bank (co-chair).
Four technical working groups operate directly under the umbrella of the DAG: (i) the GTP Working Group, which consists of Monitoring and Evaluation, Macro-economic, and Public Financial Manaagement subgroups; (ii) Governance Technical Working Group which consists of the Civil Society and Justice, Safety, and Conflict subgroups; (iii) Donor Group on Gender Equality (DGGE); and (iv) the Private Sector Development and Trade Working Group. In addition to these four groups, the aid coordination architecture includes a few donor working groups as well as ten sector working groups that fall under the auspices of the MoFED-chaired Effective Development Co-operation Task Force.
The DAG secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office. It provides technical assistance and facilitates support to the various working groups, DAG ExCom and HoA. The Secretariat also provides advisory support to the National Planning Commission and to MoFED, and project management support for the project.
Each year, partners and Government come together for 1-2 days to review progress of the country's Growth and Transformation Plan and to discuss topics at the High-Level Forum (HLF). Past HLF topics include private sector development, export promotion and trade logistics.