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 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.
Independent Evaluation Committee communiqué
The Independent Evaluation Committee (IEC) has released a communiqué outlining the outcomes of its meeting on 10 December 2013.
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.
ODE releases Lessons from Australian Aid report
ODE has released its 2013 Lessons from Australian Aid report. The first in an annual series, 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.
Evaluation of Australia—Vietnam country strategy, 2010–2015
ODE has commissioned an independent evaluation of the Australia–Vietnam Joint Aid Program Strategy. This evaluation will cover the first three years of implementation of the strategy, from 2010 to date. The objectives of the evaluation are to assess the effectiveness of AusAID’s development and execution of the Vietnam country strategy, and assess the results obtained under the current country strategy and the legacy of past Australian aid investments.