OECD Observer
Aid assessment
Readers' Views No 296, Q3 2013

I am just starting to think about this question of how aid should be measured, so this article is very helpful background on Development Assistance Committee process and substance ("Development aid and finance: A defining moment", in No 294, Q1 2013). 

But I must disagree with one sentence: "ODA is...the only systematic means we have for assessing the efforts the 'traditional' donor countries make to support development." Rather, Official Development Assistance is the best means available for assessing the "aid" efforts of donors, which are only a small part of how they affect development. The Commitment to Development Index also looks at trade, migration and other policies, and gives a much more comprehensive (though of course still imperfect) view.

—David Roodman, posted on www.oecdobserver.org

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