DCF Survey

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The 2021/2022 DCF Survey exercise is underway, with data collection continuing through December 2021.  For more information, contact dcf@un.org.   


FAQ Sheet on the 2021/2022 DCF Survey available here.

The biennial Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) Survey exercise serves to monitor, review and document the evidence on the state of play in effectiveness of development cooperation on the ground in responding countries.  Detailed analyses of findings are used to generate practical recommendations for policy makers and practitioners at the global, regional, national and subnational levels, and are made available in the biennial DCF Survey Study, as well as country profiles.

Findings generated by the Survey data help to boost the overall quality, impact and effectiveness of development cooperation, generating insights helping developing countries – and their partners -- to adapt to new risks and realities. Participation can also facilitate countries’ preparation of Voluntary National Reviews and inform the design and implementation of Integrated National Financing Frameworks.  

WHY – Monitoring and review processes help countries and their development partners reach commitments together. Regular and inclusive monitoring and review of international development cooperation can build trust and promote mutual learning. It can bring about better results for sustainable development.

WHAT – Since 2008, UNDESA undertakes biennial surveys for the DCF on progress in national mutual accountability and transparency. 

HOW – Participating countries structure their assessment around five key enablers of effective development cooperation and their development cooperation ecosystems: 

  • National development cooperation policies (NDCPs)
  • Country-driven results frameworks (CRFs)
  • National development cooperation forums (NDCF)
  • Development cooperation information systems (DCIS)
  • Capacity support.


The 2020 DCF Survey Study: Toward effective development cooperation in the COVID-19 period was launched in July 2020, on the margins of the 2020 High-level Political Forum on sustainable development. 

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