Academics and institution are developing aid quality measurement indicators to help better assess the accountability of donors in meeting their pledges.
“We’re at the start of the attempt to figure out what aspects of aid quality we can metricate and what makes sense depending on what we can get data on,” Karin Christiansen, director of Publish What You Fund, told IRIN. “No one’s done this with the Paris data [aid effectiveness commitments made by development donors at a Paris conference in 2003] before, so it’s very exciting.”
PWYF will draw from existing aid accountability measures and put in some of its own to test-launch an aid quality index by late 2010. The group will include variables such as donors’ public disclosure of aid levels and the level of accessibility of aid information.