Office of Development Effectiveness
Strengthening the effectiveness of Australia's aid program
The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade builds stronger evidence for more effective aid. ODE monitors the performance of the Australian aid program, evaluates its impact and contributes to international evidence and debate about aid and development effectiveness.
ODE releases Lessons from Australian Aid report
ODE has released its 2013 Lessons from Australian Aid report. This major report provides an independent perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian aid program, and contains useful lessons for Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) aid managers.
ODE Talks to gender and development experts Dr Katherine Fritz and Ms Payal Patel about women’s economic empowerment and the Australian aid program
How can Australian aid help give greater economic power to women in the Asia and Pacific region? How well is Australia’s aid program tackling this key challenge?
Gender and development experts Dr Katherine Fritz and Ms Payal Patel of the International Center for Research on Women in Washington DC discuss these important questions with ODE’s Dereck Rooken-Smith.
ODE releases Quality Review of Aid Program Performance Reports
ODE has released the 2013 Quality Review of Aid Program Performance Reports (APPRs). ODE’s Quality Review confirms a gradual, clear improvement in the quality of APPRs since their introduction in 2007-08. It found that the 2012-13 Reports generally provide frank, well-written explanations of performance and serve their accountability role well.
Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) Evaluation Report released
ODE has released its evaluation of the AVID program. Overall, the evaluation found that AVID is making an effective and highly-visible contribution to the Australian Government’s development and public diplomacy objectives. The evaluation also concluded that the efficiency and effectiveness of the program can be improved.