A quest for fair reporting on Official Development Assistance (ODA) and its crucial role in the global response to the coronavirus pandemic

Is ODA up to the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic?

By Nerea Craviotto, Jan Van de Poel

Over the past few years, aid experts have been tied up in discussions about what can and cannot be counted as ODA. Eurodad has been engaging in these discussions too, not only because we believe ODA, as a measure of donor effort, is a key prerequisite for international accountability, but also because the rules on what can be counted as ODA conditions donors’ behaviour in terms of their reporting criteria. While our energies should be focusing on making sure enough resources are deployed to benefit the poorest and most vulnerable, it is also important to fix a number of long-standing issues with ODA reporting.

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