Have your say on overseas aid scrutiny

14 Jan 2011

ICAI is the independent body responsible for the scrutiny of UK aid, focusing on the delivery of value for money for the UK taxpayer, maximising the impact for recipients and promoting effectiveness of the UK aid budget.

Responses to the consultation will assist ICAI to develop their work plan for the next three years. The consultation is easy to respond to and ICAI encourages anyone with an interest in what happens to the UK’s aid budget to have their say.

Graham Ward CBE, ICAI Chief Commissioner said: “This is an excellent opportunity for members of the public to shape which areas of the aid budget ICAI will review. Responses to the consultation will be vital in helping to develop our work plan and in ensuring that we understand the views of the UK public and partner countries.”

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development said: “This marks a major step forward for the interests of the British taxpayer. The Commission will shine a light on where aid works and where improvements are needed.

“Independent scrutiny and transparent analysis will help to ensure that value for money, results and accountability define everything we do.”

The consultation will run from the 14th January for 12 weeks. Visit the ICAI website and use the online response form to have your say: www.independent.gov.uk/icai.    

Notes to editors:

For further information, please contact Clare Robathan, ICAI Research and Communications Officer on 020 7270 6734, or c-robathan@icai.independent.gov.uk.

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) is the independent body responsible for the scrutiny of UK aid, focusing on delivery of value for money for the UK taxpayer, maximising the impact for recipients and ensuring effectiveness of the UK aid budget.

With scope to evaluate any part of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA), ICAI will report independently on the effectiveness of UK aid in order to increase the impact of the aid budget.

The consultation will run from the 14 January for 12 weeks. To respond to the consultation, please visit: www.independent.gov.uk/icai.  

On the 29 October 2010, the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, announced the appointment of Graham Ward as Chief Commissioner of ICAI. The DFID press release can be found here: www.dfid.gov.uk/Media-Room/News-Stories/2010/New-independent-commission-unveiled/.

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