Aid Management Program

A package of aid information management services

For many low- and middle-income countries, Official Development Assistance (ODA) is a major source of funding for public development programs. However, often the government has an incomplete picture of the aid flowing into the country. Some donors implement projects outside government channels, while others provide information in uncoordinated formats and on different schedules. This creates several problems for government officials. It prevents them from developing comprehensive budgets, it complicates planning because they are unaware of all the activities that are underway across the country, and it makes it difficult to monitor the performance of donor-funded activities.

Development Gateway’s Aid Management Program provides software tools and institutional strengthening activities that improve the availability of aid information at the country level.  Through a combination of process analysis, training, and technical assistance, Development Gateway works with clients to create a customized package of support for better aid information management.

The Aid Management Program was created by Development Gateway in collaboration with the OECD, World Bank, UNDP, and governments of Ethiopia and India. The program responds directly to the 2003 Rome Declaration on Aid Harmonization, and was adapted to address the challenges outlined in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action. The program has been implemented in over 20 countries across 4 continents and is used to record billions in official aid flows.

To read more about AMP implementations by country, visit the interactive map of Where We Work.

 

[toggle]Program approach and benefits

Development Gateway believes that effective aid management requires more than just intelligent software applications. Software tools form the core of the Aid Management Program, but they are complemented by technical, institutional and policy support. Countries that implement the program receive ongoing assistance to ensure that solutions are effective and sustainable, not only technically but also financially and organizationally.

Learn more about how the Aid Management Program is implemented.

[toggle]Software solutions

The Aid Management Platform (AMP) is an online solution to help governments and their donor partners manage aid activities and flows from the planning through the implementation and evaluation stages.  With information on donor-funded activities stored in an easily-accessible database, governments have the power to make informed decisions and allocate resources where they are most needed.

AMP enables governments and donor partners to:

  • Replace existing cumbersome administrative practices with a convenient and effective virtual workspace
  • “Own the process” by designating key users—government employees and donors—to input data
  • Share aid information online from planning, execution and implementation to reporting and monitoring and evaluation
  • Standardize the terminology and process for aid reporting and data management—between the government and each donor but also across donor groups
  • Manage consolidated aid information, and interact with data dashboards and tools for decision makers
  • Perform detailed analysis, create reports, schedule events and manage documents


Learn more about the Aid Management Platform (AMP)

View an overview of system features

ODAdata is a user-friendly donor reporting tool that provides a country-level overview of all official development assistance (ODA) activities. It was designed to strengthen donor coordination, harmonization, and alignment with country strategies, and increase the transparency of ODA information. ODAdata has been implemented in Nicaragua and Mozambique. Using ODAdata, government officials can:

  • View pre-defined reports by donor, sector, and more
  • Create custom reports and filter activities by key characteristics
  • Locate activities geographically via an interactive map of the country
  • View key details for a specific project
  • Learn more about donor financing to the country through outputs such as the EU Blue Book, which includes graphs and donor profiles

[toggle]Institutional Strengthening

Development Gateway's approach to system implementation recognizes that technology solutions alone are not sufficient to bring about lasting change. They should be adopted as part of a larger effort that brings partners together, puts sustainable management processes in place, and ensures long-term technical maintenance.

To support the sustainable management of the AMP and ODAdata systems, Development Gateway provides a range of institutional strengthening services both on the policy and technical sides. We conduct structured, hands-on training programs for technical staff and business administrators, assist in drafting data management plans and other important process documents, and provide ongoing technical support (including network services and system upgrades). With offices in Brussels, Dakar, and Nairobi, Development Gateway maintains close relationships with clients through regular in-country missions and workshops.

The program also promotes South-South cooperation through study tours and workshops. Several countries have hosted delegations from other governments interested in adopting AMP in order to demonstrate how the system works in practice. Development Gateway organizes an annual AMP Best Practices Workshop, during which delegates from AMP governments gather to discuss practical issues in managing aid information. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for AMP countries to engage in open and informal dialogue on their experiences using the system, and for Development Gateway to respond directly to client concerns.

Learn more about South-South Collaboration in the Aid Management Program.

Read the latest AMP Best Practices Workshop report.

[toggle]Results and Impact

After implementing the Aid Management Program, governments can access more data of higher quality, produce reports in less time and with less money, and coordinate more closely with donors. AMP systems currently record approximately 18,000 unique aid activities, accounting for over $134 billion in actual commitments and an estimated 15-20% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) worldwide.

According to post-implementation surveys, government staff perceive AMP data as more credible, accessible, and comprehensive than data gathered through prior methods. Some AMPs are available to the public online, and many governments produce regular ODA reports using AMP data (for examples, please visit the Resources page).  Burundi, for example, uses AMP to collect data for an annual report on development aid, and Malawi uses AMP to produce a monthly report on aid commitments and disbursements (see more examples by exploring country case studies).

Other AMP governments are increasing transparency by making aid information available to the public online (see, for example, AMP Kosovo). With better information and reporting capabilities, governments that implement the Aid Management Program are able to coordinate more closely with donor partners on implementation of development projects, and empower their populations to engage in informed debate on the management of foreign aid resources.

Download AMP Results in Brief paper.

Increasing aid transparency through the Aid Management Platform

Governments use the Aid Management Platform in a number of ways to improve the accessibility of information on aid activities. Some publish official development assistance reports using the data captured in the platform, while others (such as Kosovo and Timor-Leste) make the platform itself public.

To view examples of reports and websites created using the Aid Management Platform, visit the Resources page.