Report to Parliament on the ODA Accountability Act: Third time lucky?
October 21, 2011
In early October, the government released its Third Report to Parliament on the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act, meeting one of the technical requirements of the Act by providing a report on annual aid disbursements across 13 Departments. As a whole-of-government exercise, the Report is generally a success. It also provides timely and more detailed information on funding allocations at different thematic, country, programmatic and institutional levels. However, as with previous years, the Report lacks depth. The report falls short of explaining how the three criteria of the Act shape and inform the Departments’ respective thematic priorities, their short, medium and long-term objectives, and corresponding policies and programs – in particular from the three Departments disbursing the majority of ODA (CIDA, Finance and DFAIT). CCIC has produced a briefing note that highlights some key aspects of this Third Report, draws out some funding trends, and outlines recommendations.
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