Aid information management in Mozambique: A success story'

April 19, 2011Andrea Calabrese

Development Gateway has worked with Mozambique since 2008 to update and expand its aid information management system, known as ODAmoz. ODAmoz was created in 2005 as a way to coordinate and harmonize donor activities in Mozambique.

The system allows each of Mozambique’s donor focal points to enter data directly into the ODAmoz system, significantly reducing transaction costs for the government in terms of collecting aid information from donors. Once a project is entered into ODAmoz, the information is published on the ODAmoz site, so that project data from different donors is immediately comparable and reports can be easily produced.

In 2008, Development Gateway, with support from the Government of Ireland, began working with Mozambique’s Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD) to upgrade the ODAmoz interface and bring new modules to the system. ODAmoz 2.0 now contains additional aid classification schemes, an interactive aid map (known as ODAmap), and new collaboration tools. Users can create custom reports using the “Create your own report” feature, and view detailed information on donor activities, including their progress in meeting the indicators of the Paris Declaration. DG has also designed a strategy for integrating ODAmoz with e-SISTAFE, Mozambique’s financial management system, which would allow government staff to view budget information alongside aid information. Currently, ODAmoz receives data from over 20 bilateral and multilateral donors and 15 different UN agencies. The MPD plans to publicly launch the upgraded system (ODAmoz2.0) in its capital, Maputo, in the coming months.

As part of the upgraded system, the Government of Mozambique is now managing and administering ODAmoz. In March 2011, DG staff traveled to Mozambique to install the system on government servers and train the government’s IT focal points. These final steps solidify government ownership of the system, ensuring its sustainability.

According to Fernando Ferreyra, a DG technical expert, “ODAmoz benefits from strong support from within the Government of Mozambique – this is why they’ve had so much success coordinating foreign aid information and ensuring that all donors provide timely information. We believe that their upgraded system will help improve aid effectiveness, particularly once the Government successfully integrates budget information from e-SISTAFE into the ODAmoz system. We are glad to see that they are ready to move on without DG support; this shows that we did our job well.”