About Us

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact scrutinises UK aid spending. We operate independently of government and report to Parliament through the House of Commons International Development Committee or their ICAI Sub-Committee.

We work to ensure UK aid is spent effectively for those who need it most, and delivers value for UK taxpayers.

ICAI carries out independent reviews of aid programmes and of issues affecting the delivery of UK aid. We publish transparent, impartial and objective reports to support UK government decision-making and to strengthen the accountability of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA).

ICAI’s mandate

ICAI’s mandate covers all ODA, whichever department it is spent by. In addition to the Department for International Development, aid-spending departments include the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and cross-government funds such as the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and the Prosperity Fund.

Our mandate does not cover aid spent by the devolved Scottish and Welsh governments.

Core values

ICAI operates on the basis of the following core values:

  • Accountability: we conduct our work with objectivity and impartiality, assisting the IDC to hold DFID to account for the effectiveness of UK aid. We are also accountable to the IDC for our performance.
  • Feedback and learning: we believe that to do our job well, accountability must go hand-in-hand with learning. Building effective feedback loops into our review process will be critical to our work.
  • Analytical rigour: we are committed to the rigorous use of evidence and analysis in our reviews. ICAI reports rely primarily on existing sources of evidence, supplemented or tested through additional empirical research as appropriate.
  • Accessibility: we design and deliver reviews with a clear purpose and audience in mind.

Transparency: we are committed to transparency in our approach to reviews, including in the way we use and present data and evidence.

ICAI structure

The ICAI Commissioners are Dr Alison Evans, Tina Fahm, and Richard Gledhill.  They are in post for a four year term beginning on 1 July 2015. ICAI is supported by a small secretariat based in London.

ICAI has appointed a service provider to carry out work on its behalf. This work is led by Agulhas Applied Knowledge, a specialist international development consultancy. Agulhas is joined by Integrity, a development consultancy which specialises in working in complex environments, and by Ecorys, an international company providing research, consultancy and management services.