The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) is the independent body responsible for scrutiny of UK aid. ICAI focuses on maximising the impact and effectiveness of the UK aid budget for intended beneficiaries and the delivery of value for money for the UK taxpayer. ICAI reports to Parliament through the House of Commons International Development Committee.

A full list of ICAI reports is available here.

Latest news

Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes Rapid Review of DFID’s Smart Rules -
Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report on the UK’s International Climate Fund -
Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report on DFID’s Approach to Anti-Corruption and Its Impact on the Poor -

gw-web2 “The publication of the ‘Smart Rules’ has demonstrated that there has been serious endeavour to address some of the procedural inefficiencies that we have seen over the course of our work. They are a good step towards improving accountability and simplifying procedures. That said, there is more the department can do to embed the changes in behaviours that will be needed to make sure that the Smart Rules work as intended.”

Graham Ward CBE,
Chief Commissioner

Latest reports

Rapid Review of DFID’s Smart Rules.

DFID recently reformed its procedures for programme management. It has called these new procedures ‘Smart Rules: Better Programme Delivery’. We have undertaken a rapid review of the Smart Rules, to see how they respond to the issues that we have raised in our 38 reports to date.

The UK’s International Climate Fund

The ICF is both a significant contribution to climate finance and a tool for influencing action at the international and national levels. After a challenging start, it has built up significant momentum and is now well placed to deliver on its ambitious objectives. While many of its investments have had long lead times and remained unproven, there is evidence of early impact in a range of areas. It has pioneered new approaches in the measurement of results.

DFID’s Approach to Anti-Corruption and Its Impact on the Poor

Corruption is a fundamental issue that afflicts the everyday lives of the very poorest and thwarts global efforts to lift countries out of poverty. DFID recognises corruption as a critical development challenge and seeks to tackle it through direct and indirect activities.