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The Quality of Official Development Assistance (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 dimensions of aid quality that evidence and experience suggest lead to effective aid.

CGD will be launching a new edition of QuODA in 2020. The forthcoming edition is based on a revised framework that proposes 17 indicators which account for recent developments in evidence and data on aid effectiveness. The indicators will be grouped into four dimensions that broadly reflect international best practices of aid effectiveness: prioritisation, ownership, transparency, learning. The updated QuODA framework and list of indicators can be found in our new working paper.

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 intends 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.

Learn more about the 2018 QuODA:




Rachael Calleja

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