But I must disagree with one sentence: "ODA is...the only systematic means we have for assessing the efforts the 'traditional' donor countries make to support development." Rather, Official Development Assistance is the best means available for assessing the "aid" efforts of donors, which are only a small part of how they affect development. The Commitment to Development Index also looks at trade, migration and other policies, and gives a much more comprehensive (though of course still imperfect) view.
—David Roodman, posted on www.oecdobserver.org
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