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.

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gw-web2 “In our latest report, we found that there is need for a significant rethink of DFID’s security and justice portfolio. DFID should move away from investing broadly in the capacity of security and justice institutions, towards addressing specific security and justice challenges in particular contexts. This would make interventions more focussed, realistic in scope and more effective.”

Graham Ward CBE,
Chief Commissioner

Latest reports

UK Development Assistance for Security and Justice

Security and justice assistance is a necessary and important part of the UK aid portfolio and its significance will continue to grow as more of UK aid is devoted to fragile and conflict-affected states. Security and justice assistance, including support for policing, courts and community justice, accounted for £95 million of expenditure in 2013-14.

Terms of Reference for Forthcoming Reports

The Terms of Reference for forthcoming reports can be found here.

A preliminary investigation of Official Development Assistance spent by departments other than DFID

Around 13% of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) is spent by departments other than DFID. Over the past five years, UK ODA has nearly doubled, to £11.5 billion in 2013. During this period of rapid scale-up, some – including the International Development Committee – expressed concern that there might be a major increase in non-DFID ODA, to help reach the target, and that this might lead to inappropriate activities being included in the UK aid programme.