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QuODA is a powerful tool developed originally by CGD and the Brookings Institution to measure which donors provide “higher quality aid” and how they can improve. QuODA addresses the question, “How are donors doing on the commitments that they have made to improving aid quality?” QuODA is an assessment of donors' efforts to comply with their commitments to those dimension of aid quality that evidence and experience suggest lead to effective aid.
The 2018 edition of Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) consists of 24 indicators measured across 27 bilateral donors and 13 multilateral agencies. The indicators are grouped into four dimensions that reflect international best practices of aid effectiveness: maximizing efficiency, fostering institutions, reducing the burden on recipient countries, and transparency and learning.
The aim of QuODA is to increase the quality of aid by assessing and comparing donor performance against the commitments they have made to improving aid quality. QuODA is intended to allow donors to assess their performance against peers on multiple dimensions of aid quality to engage in a dialog that improves the way aid is given.
The QuODA framework provides summary information in a quantitative fashion on donor efforts to improve aid effectiveness. The indicators used are all those that donors, aid agencies and academics have concluded are important for aid effectiveness. QuODA is not, however, a complete measure of aid effectiveness or impact. The results of aid depend on the combination of donor effort and the performance of recipient countries or other executors of aid programs, not just on the donor.
CGD and the Brookings Institution recently released the third edition of the Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA), a joint venture that measures donor performance across a series of aid quality indicators to encourage governments, institutions, and agencies to disburse more effective, transparent, and efficient assistance.
The Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) measures donors’ performance on 31 indicators of aid quality to which donors have made commitments. The indicators are grouped into four dimensions associated with effective aid: maximizing efficiency, fostering institutions, reducing the burden on partner countries, and transparency and learning. The 2014 edition finds that donors are overall becoming more transparent and better at fostering partner country institutions but that there has been little progress at maximizing efficiency or reducing the burden on partner countries.
This report is the third edition of our effort to measure the quality of Official Development Assistance (ODA), now updated to use 2012 data—the most recent available—from the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
The Quality of Agricultural Official Development Assistance (Ag QuODA) measures how well donors giving agricultural aid score on the dimensions of aid quality that evidence and experience suggest lead to effective aid. Improvements in the data quality and availability are making sector-specific assessments like Ag QuODA more feasible, but further improvements are needed to allow a deeper understanding of aid effectiveness.
Are climate finance contributor countries, multilateral aid agencies and specialized funds using widely accepted best practices in foreign assistance? How is it possible to measure and compare international climate finance contributions when there are as yet no established metrics or agreed definitions of the quality of climate finance? As a subjective metric, quality can mean different things to different stakeholders, while of donor countries, recipients and institutional actors may place quality across a broad spectrum of objectives.
Can we assess ag aid quality? The short answer: sort of.
For at least a decade, aid effectiveness has been in the spotlight because of concerns that, in some cases, aid may do more harm than good and, more recently, because of growing budget pressures. In 2005, donor and recipient countries agreed on a set of principles for more effective aid and a process to monitor implementation of those principles with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Based on these principals, and with the objective to provide an independent evaluation of donor performance, Nancy Birdsall, Homi Kharas, and colleagues launched a joint Center for Global Development and Brookings Institution project to assess the Quality of Official Development Assistance, QuODA for short. Now in its second edition, this project motivated CGD colleagues Amanda Glassman and Denizhan Duran to apply the QuODA methodology to health aid and now, we’ve done the same thing for agricultural aid.