The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) is an operationally independent unit within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that measures and reports on the effectiveness of the Australian aid program.
ODE’s work spans three main areas:
DFAT’s aid performance management system, like that of other aid donors, relies heavily on self-assessment. ODE’s independent oversight and evaluation work is therefore an important check and complement to this process, enhancing accountability and building stronger evidence for more effective aid.
ODE’s work is subject to the external oversight of the Independent Evaluation Committee (IEC). While the IEC helps to ensure ODE’s independence, ODE’s position within DFAT provides it with direct access to aid management systems and personnel. This puts ODE in a good position to understand and influence the work of the department.
For a summary of ODE’s role and impact from 2006 to 2016, read ODE: 10 years on.