The changing nature of UK aid to Ghana

Purpose, scope and rationale

The UK has a long-standing development partnership with Ghana, having invested over £2 billion in aid over the last two decades. However, in line with Ghana’s achievement of lower-middle income status in 2010, the aid relationship between the two countries is evolving. Since 2012, the portfolio has been reoriented towards helping Ghana overcome its economic and governance challenges and mobilise the resources to finance its own development. However, Ghana’s persistent poverty and growing inequality suggests that UK aid still has a role to play in delivering better human development outcomes and protecting the results of past assistance.

This is the first country portfolio review by ICAI, representing a new way of analysing the impact of UK aid at country level. It is a qualitative review and will assess the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of all UK official development assistance (ODA) flows to Ghana relative to the UK’s objectives, with an emphasis on the following:

  • Transforming the Ghana economy: the contribution of UK aid to inclusive growth in Ghana.
  • Leaving no one behind: the contribution of UK aid to tackling extreme poverty and vulnerability in Ghana, including through addressing gender disparities.
  • Strengthening Ghanaian institutions: the contribution of UK aid to the development of competent and sustainable Ghanaian institutions.
  • Transition in the UK-Ghana partnership: the management of transition in the UK-Ghana partnership and the safeguarding of past development gains.

Our review will cover all UK ODA to Ghana from 2011 to 2019.  This encompasses the shift in the programmatic focus of UK aid as articulated through the Department for International Development (DFID) Ghana Operational Plan 2011-2015  and accelerated in the DFID Ghana Business Plan 2016/17-2019/20.

The review will be of all bilateral UK aid to Ghana from all UK government departments and the UK imputed share of multilateral aid. The review will also look at other official flows, but only in terms of the coherence between ODA and these flows (see Box 1 for an explanation of terms).

Box 1: Defining UK Aid to Ghana

This review is of all UK ODA to Ghana. The OECD DAC defines ODA as all official resource flows at concessional financial terms to aid recipient countries and multilateral institutions, with the promotion of economic development and welfare as the main objective. In addition to financial flows, technical cooperation is included in aid.

Direct ODA from the UK government to Ghana is counted as bilateral flows. The review includes bilateral aid from the UK government either exclusively for Ghana, or as part of a UK government regional or international programme with activities in Ghana. Aid that is programmed by the UK government exclusively for Ghana but implemented by multilateral agencies (so-called multi-bi spending) is treated as bilateral aid for the purposes of the review.

Multilateral flows of UK aid to Ghana are represented by the imputed UK aid share of multilateral agencies’ spending in Ghana. The review defines multilateral agencies as institutions with multigovernment membership conducting all or a significant part of their activities in favour of development and aid recipient countries, such as the World Bank or UNICEF. The review will look at multilateral aid that is relevant to the UK aid objectives in Ghana.

Other official flows are official sector transactions from the UK to Ghana, which are not ODA because they are not primarily aimed at development or because they have a grant element of less than 25%. An example is UK government-supported export credits.


Ghana has enjoyed political stability for over 20 years. Since the return to democracy in 1992, the country has three times voted out the incumbent government in contested but peaceful and free elections. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 target of halving extreme poverty and by 2015 had halved the number of hungry people. It was also able to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, achieve universal primary education and gender parity in primary education, reduce HIV prevalence, and increase access to information communications technology, in line with the MDGs. After reaching lower-middle income status in 20105 and with the country’s first oil revenue coming on stream in 2011, Ghana’s economy saw rapid growth up to 2013, bolstering employment and reducing reliance on aid.

From 2012, Ghana began to experience deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, with fiscal and balance of payment deficits in excess of 10% of gross domestic product. By 2014, the macro-economy had developed large fiscal and current account deficits, high inflation and a sharp depreciation of the currency. In April 2015, an International Monetary Fund three-year Extended Credit Facility of about $916 million was approved, assisting economic recovery, but economic growth during the 2014 and 2017 period was considerably slower, even though the country retained its middle-income status. By 2016, the number of people living below the international extreme poverty line had increased again and income inequality overall had worsened slightly. Over the review period, Ghana has continued to face development challenges. It has made only slow progress in improving the quality of education, reducing under-five and infant mortality and improving sanitation.

Governance concerns, an inefficient public sector, rising debt and over-reliance on commodities are among the risks to Ghana’s continued development. Ghana continues to face substantial challenges in improving agricultural productivity, managing rapid urbanisation, adapting to climate change and other environmental stresses on its economy, and addressing hunger and other forms of malnutrition. There are inequalities in development outcomes between the north and south of the country, and there is a growing urban/rural divide. Inequality within regions has also increased.11 Women and other vulnerable groups face inequality of opportunities and resources and, too often, they face violence. Ghana’s leadership is strongly committed to growth and poverty reduction. Since taking office in 2017, Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, has been vocal about moving the country “beyond aid”, which is generally understood as a policy of reorienting Ghana’s external partnerships towards increased self-reliance in addressing development challenges. Overall, all ODA flows to Ghana have been declining. In the five years between 2008 and 2012, development partners committed on average $1.79 billion per year in constant 2016 terms to Ghana. In the subsequent five-year period, from 2013 to 2017, the equivalent commitment was $1.35 billion on average per year, or a reduction of 25%.

UK aid to Ghana has shifted in volume, instruments used and programmatic focus. Over the five years to 2017, bilateral UK aid each year averaged only half of what had been provided over the previous five-year period. There have also been changes in the composition of bilateral aid, with a shift away from budget support in favour of bilateral projects, increased investment in livelihoods and economic development and a relative decline in health and education.

With bilateral aid reduced, the UK’s main aid contribution to Ghana is now through multilateral channels. This was estimated at 73% of the total in 2016, compared to 45% in 2011 (see Figure 1).15 The increased share in 2015 and 2016, however, was largely on account of disbursements under the three-year IMF Extended Credit Facility (18% and 68% of the imputed share respectively). Nonetheless, the growth in the imputed share means that estimated total UK aid support to Ghana grew by 47% between 2011 and 2016. The largest UK aid-supported multilateral partners in Ghana are the World Bank (contributing over 20% of all official donor commitments to Ghana in the review period), the IMF, the EU, the African Development Bank and the UN family. In the UN family the contributions from the International Fund for Agricultural Development and UNICEF are the most significant.

Figure 1: UK Aid spend in Ghana

: UK Aid spend in Ghana

Review questions

The review is built around the evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness and sustainability. It will address the questions and sub-questions listed in Table 1:

Table 1: Our review questions

Review criteria and questions
1. Relevance: How well has the UK
aid portfolio responded to Ghana’s
development needs and the UK’s
strategic objectives?
• How well do the objectives of UK aid align with Ghana’s
development needs and priorities?
• How well positioned is UK aid to deliver transformative
impact and help Ghana mobilise sources of development
• How coherent is UK aid spending in Ghana across
departments, aid instruments and delivery channels with
reference to the UK’s strategic objectives?
2. Effectiveness: How effective has UK
aid been in achieving its strategic
objectives in Ghana?
• How well has the UK bilateral aid programme delivered its
intended outcomes?
• How well has UK multilateral aid supported UK aid
objectives in Ghana?
• How well has the UK maintained and developed
partnerships with government, civil society and other
development actors?
3. Effectiveness: How likely are the
results of UK aid to be sustained in
the future?
• How successfully is the UK supporting the development
of sustainable Ghanaian institutions?
• How well is the UK helping to protect past development
gains against setbacks and rehearsals?


Our review is at portfolio level. This means that we will focus our assessment on the contribution of UK aidfinanced interventions to the achievement of its strategic objectives in Ghana. According to our initial review of DFID Ghana’s business plans,the objectives for UK aid spend in Ghana are summarised as follows:

  • Strengthened governance: During the 2011-2019 review period the UK aimed to strengthen democratic governance and the ability of Ghanaians to make demands of their government and hold it to account, to support public financial management reforms, to strengthen domestic revenue mobilisation and the management of natural resource revenues, and to help Ghana tackle corruption.
  • Promoting prosperity: During the period the UK aimed to improve the national investment climate, to diversify the economy and develop domestic markets, and to support entrepreneurship in the north, with the potential to create quality, sustainable jobs.
  • Improving human development outcomes and helping the most vulnerable: During the period the UK aimed to improve selected human development outcomes for Ghanaians in education and health, and to improve and expand the safety net for the very poorest, most vulnerable and marginalised groups.

From 2016 UK aid has also included the cross-cutting objective of strengthening the resilience of poor communities to better withstand the impact of climate, economic shocks and pandemic disease.

Our approach will involve collecting and assessing secondary evidence on the performance of bilateral and multilateral ODA flows and technical assistance. This will be supplemented with selected primary evidence for the purposes of validation and gap-filling. We will also collect evidence on portfolio-level performance, including feedback from key stakeholders in government, public sector bodies, civil society, professional organisations and the private sector. We will use this evidence to explore the achievement of the UK aid portfolio against its strategic objectives for Ghana. We will also assess the management of the country portfolio and the quality of development partnerships including with supported multilateral partners. Our methodology will include a strong element of citizen voice, to test the claimed achievements of UK aid and their relevance to the needs and priorities of Ghanaian citizens.

We will organise our work according to three themes: 1) governance and anti-corruption, 2) human development and 3) inclusive growth and private sector development. These themes coincide with the main strategic objectives of UK aid and will be the basis for our sampling of individual programmes for in-depth review.

The review methodology will include the following main components (see also Figure 2)

  • Component 1 – Strategy review: We will analyse stratagies and policies at the global, regional, country and thematic/sector level, from relevant UK government departments including UK aid. We will assess the objectives of UK aid in Ghana, across the UK departments involved in delivering aid, and assess the relevance and effectiveness of the portfolio relative to these objectives by exploring portfolio-level results planning and the objectives and design of key bilateral, centrally managed and multilateral programmes. The strategy review desk work will be complemented by stakeholder consultation.
  • Component 2 – literature review: We will undertake three reviews of selected independent literature on issues salient to the Ghana context and the review, to assess the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the portfolio in this context. The three review topics are set out in Table 2.

Table 2: Literature review topics and rationale

Review criteria and questions
1. Ghana political economy and (socio-)
economic developments: change
since 2000, long-term constraints
and prospects
Review of selected independent literature to validate
perspectives in UK aid documentation and from review
respondents on the Ghana political economy/economy,
in order to assess the UK aid portfolio against the review
criteria. Three emphases are proposed: private sector-led
growth of the Ghana economy, strengthening functional
public sector institutions, and addressing poverty and
inequality in Ghana.
2. Common challenges and their
management in oil and gas revenue
governance in sub-Saharan Africa,
and their incidence in Ghana
This literature review is to support our review of this topic.
Three main areas are proposed: fiscal management of oil
and gas revenue, governing public revenue from oil and
gas: challenges, mechanisms to address challenges and
their effectiveness, and managing the impact on affected
communities of oil and gas exploitation.
3. Aid partnership in transitioning
This literature review will provide background on the
changing nature of aid to economies that are transitioning
out of aid. The 2016 transition review’s work will be used
as a base to probe UK aid and other development partner
experience on development partnerships in transitioning
economies – specifically on the role and composition of
aid, the relative advantages of multilateral, bilateral and civil
society aid channels, and the management of development
partnerships in transitioning economies.
  • Component 3 – UK aid programming review Centrally managed programme reviews: We will conduct indepth reviews of the application We will collect and analyse existing ODA data (UK aid and all ODA to Ghana: volume, distribution and share). We will collect and analyse secondary evidence of the relevance, performance and sustainability of UK aid-supported programmes in Ghana and of progress against UK aid objectives (as summarised above) for the portfolio. We will collect this data and evidence through four types of review:
    • i) An initial high-level programme mapping and collection of data on UK and other ODA to Ghana.
    • ii) A rapid desk review of the design and performance against programme objectives of the most relevant bilateral programmes, multilateral aid and UK-supported international non-governmental organisation (NGO) programming.
    • iii) In-depth reviews of the design, implementation and performance of UK aid portfolio interventions in selected programming focus areas that persisted throughout the period, as case studies into the changing nature of UK aid in Ghana. The in-depth desk reviews will draw on existing DFID and independent secondary reviews and evaluations. Key stakeholder interviews and, in some cases, visits to programme sites will complement the desk work to verify results and collect feedback from stakeholders and citizens generally and those directly targeted by programmes.
    • iv) At the portfolio level we will identify relevant outcome indicators19 to collect data on portfolio effectiveness. This quantitative assessment will be supplemented by desk review of secondary sources, and stakeholder consultation in Ghana and the UK.

Figure 2: Components of our methodology

Components of our methodology figure

  • Component 4 – Stakeholder consultation: The aim of stakeholder consultation is to solicit feedback from key institutional informants and Ghanaian citizens across the themes of interest for the review. The stakeholder consultations will complement the desk-based reviews of UK aid and government of Ghana strategies, programming and results, including the in-depth case studies.

We will conduct interviews with a broad range of stakeholders to validate existing data on programme relevance, effectiveness and sustainability and help assess the contribution of programmes to portfolio achievement, while ensuring that properly triangulated and generalisable findings emerge from the field work engagements. The interviews will cover the selected programming case studies but will also pay attention to the overall UK aid portfolio and its performance in Ghana.

The two categories of stakeholders identified for consultation are:

  1. Key institutional informants – institutions and individuals with information on UK aid-supported interventions in Ghana, either because they are directly involved in the interventions, or because they are informed about the UK-Ghana partnership, or because they understand and/or work and live in the context. Key target institutional informant groups for interviews and workshops are:
    • UK government officials involved in the aid programme and the UK’s wider diplomatic and trade engagements with Ghana
    • UK development NGOs with activities in Ghana
    • third-party implementers of UK aid-funded programmes
    • Ghanaian and international academics working on relevant issues in Ghana
    • Ghanaian government informants, across a range of relevant central government and regional ministries and agencies
    • Ghanaian members of parliament from both the incumbent and opposition parties
    • Ghanaian businesses or their representatives (such as chambers of commerce)
    • Ghanaian civil society organisations, think tanks, research institutes and relevant professional associations and bodies.
  2. Citizens – citizens of Ghana who should have either directly or more generally benefited from UK aid-supported programmes in Ghana. Box 2 sets out how we will be incorporating citizen voice into the review.

The field-level engagement with informants will add significant value by bringing primary voices from citizens into the review, as leads for further exploration therein. It will also help us validate the evidence and fill any gaps in the programme documentation to strengthen the review’s evidence base.

To support the field work and increase our geographical breadth, a Ghanaian research team will be engaged to consult with key stakeholders and citizens at sub-national level over a two-month period.

The evidence collected through this methodology will be analysed using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods to triangulate, validate and synthesise the range of secondary literature and field research evidence.

Box 2: Citizen voice

A key part of the field research will be to engage with Ghanaian citizens. Evidence from poor citizens who are expected to benefit from UK aid will be assessed against the review questions on relevance, effectiveness and sustainability, with an emphasis on understanding how well UK aid is responding to the needs of citizens in Ghana. We will analyse and synthesise existing data sources that provide citizen perceptions of government of Ghana policies and services, governance, and UK aid-funded programmes in order to help answer the review questions on relevance, effectiveness and sustainability. We will use sources that are representative and provide reliable information on citizens’ perceptions and experiences. We will supplement the existing data through focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews with citizens for the review, to bring in review-specific citizen voices with a focus on how needs have been and are being met. Additional one-to-one semi-structured interviews with citizens who were directly targeted by the case study programmes will be conducted in sampled districts. The citizen consultation for the review is relatively small-scale and unstructured (compared to existing secondary
survey sources), but for the purposes of the review this feedback will be useful because if it raises citizen concerns specific to UK aid programming, we can add these as lines of enquiry to our review and investigate whether there is merit in them through triangulation with other sources of evidence. We will aim to be inclusive in the selection of citizens for interviews, paying attention to the inclusion of women, disabled people and marginalised groups. We will carry out participatory focus groups and community meetings in target districts and regions where UK aid-funded programmes are being delivered to elicit wider citizen views on health and education services, economic development, livelihood opportunities, social accountability and governance. We will conduct consultative roundtables at the regional and national level in Ghana and in the UK and distil reasoned and concise findings and conclusions against the review questions.

Sampling approach

The UK aid portfolio between 2011 and the first quarter of 2019 includes a large number of interventions across bilateral and multilateral aid from different UK government departments. In order to balance breadth and depth in our analysis, we will undertake case studies of selected UK aid portfolio interventions through desk reviews and complementary field research and engage with stakeholders and citizens in Ghana in selected regions and districts.

Our sampling approach is layered. The first layer is the UK aid programming. We will select ongoing UK aid programming focus areas: in other words, areas of consistent support over the review period such as girls’ education, community health or social accountability. This aligns with the way in which UK aid has been working in Ghana: for each of the country plan objectives, UK aid bilateral programmes have worked in these focus areas through groups of programmes and projects over several bilateral programming iterations or cycles. By selecting these programming groups as our unit of analysis, we can explore the contribution of these groups over time to portfolio objectives. We have selected the programming focuses by review theme and against the review framework, to include both better- and worse-performing programmes and highbudget and low-budget cases.

The second layer is the sampling of regions and districts, which is determined by the case study sample, although not all sites will have all sampled programmes and not all the sampled programmes have clear subnational implications. We have selected eight districts20 across two regions that have a concentration of programming of interest, and that also display maximum variation of district socio-economic circumstances and location. The regions include the Northern Region, where UK aid has many overlapping programming sites, and the Western Region, which also has overlapping programming sites plus programming related to oil and gas. Our sampled districts also provide at least one district for each sampled programme for which such differentiation is relevant, in which these programmes are not active. This provides opportunities for leads on the contribution of UK aid, all other things being equal, for follow-up in other evidence sources for the review.

Figure 3: Sampling strategy

Sampling approach graphic

The third layer is the selection of institutional informants and citizens for consultation. While the review will be undertaking consultation with general institutional informants and citizens in general in each district visited, the programme sample determines additional specific institutional informants and citizen groups to be consulted. The field research team will work from a menu of field research methods, including semistructured interviews, focus group discussions and informal chats. Which method is selected is dependent on the consultation focus, district and informant type. How individual citizens of a type are to be selected for consultation is in turn determined by the field research methods. The review will aim to be inclusive in the overall sample, and reach women, disabled people and marginalised groups. Figure 4 provides a summary of the sampling strategy.

In applying this sampling strategy, the review will cover about 53% of UK aid bilateral spend over the review period, and eight out of 142 districts in which UK aid has specifically worked. Table 3 provides examples of the interventions sampled.

Table 3: Sampled programming focuses and examples of associated interventions

ICAI review theme
Sampled programming
focus area
Examples of UK aid bilateral interventions and of UK government
and multilateral involvement
Governance and anticorruption
Not covered:
Public Financial
general budget
Domestic revenue
mobilisation and governance
Interventions: Revenue Reform Programme (2015-2019), Ghana Oil and
Gas for Inclusive Growth (2014-2019), Western Region Coastal Foundation
Programme (2014-2019), Supporting Tax Transparency in Developing
Countries (2013-2018) (Centrally Managed Programme-CMP)
UK departments and funds: DFID, HMRC
Multilaterals: World Bank, IMF
Anti-corruptionInterventions: Strengthening Transparency, Accountability and
Responsiveness in Ghana (STAR I and II) (Phase 1: 2010-2015, Phase II:
2015-2012), Strengthening Actions Against Corruption in Ghana (STAAC)
International Action on Corruption (I-ACT) (2017-2021)
UK departments and funds: DFID, HMRC, National Crime Agency
Multilaterals: EU
Inclusive growth
and private sector
Business enabling
environment, including
investment facilitation and
Interventions: UK-Ghana Partnership for Jobs and Economic
Transformation (JET) (2018-2024), Business Enabling Environment
Programme - Private Sector Led Growth (BEEP) (2015-2020), Africa
Division funding to the African Agriculture Development Company
(AgDevCo) (2013-2023), Core Support to Private Infrastructure
Development Group (PIDG). The EDIT group is also relevant here,
although it is broader than UK aid
UK departments and funds: DFID, FCO, CDC
Multilaterals: World Bank Group, PIDG
Making markets work
for the poor, value chain
development, support to
Interventions: Market Development in the Northern Region (MADE)
(2013-2020), Africa Division funding to the African Agriculture
Development Company (AgDevCo)
UK departments and funds: DFID, CDC
Multilaterals: World Bank Group, EU
Human development
and leave no one
Livelihoods empowermentInterventions: Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) (2012-
2017), Leave No One Behind Programme (LNOB) (pipeline)
UK departments and funds: DFID
Multilaterals: World Bank, UN family
Community-based health
Interventions: Health Sector Support Programme (HSSP) (2013-2019),
Sustainable Energy for Women and Children (CMP) (2015-2019), DELIVER
(closed in 2016), Partnership Beyond Aid Programme (pipeline)
UK departments and funds: DFID
Multilaterals: World Bank, Global Fund, GAVI
Mental health servicesInterventions: HSSP, LNOB and STAR, Time for Change, United for Global
Mental Health (2018-present), Maternal Mental Health (2015-2021)
UK departments and funds: DFID, Department for Health and Social Care
Complementary Basic
Education in Ghana (CBE)
Girls’ education (ED)
Interventions: Complementary Basic Education (2012-2018), Education
Beyond Aid (EBA) (2018-2022)
UK departments and funds: DFID
Multilaterals: USAID, UNICEF
Girls’ education (ED)Interventions: Girls – Participatory Approaches to Students Success
(GPASS) in Ghana and Transforming Teacher Education and Learning
(T-TEL) (2011-2021), Girls Education Challenge Fund (CMP) (2016-2025)
UK departments and funds: DFID
Multilaterals: World Bank/Global Partnership for Education, UNICEF

Limitations to the methodology

Difficulty in linking UK aid portfolio interventions to observed progress (positive or negative) against portfolio
objectives. In most of the UK aid intervention areas, the UK aid programmes represent one set of interventions
among many, including from the government of Ghana, in a complex and changing UK and Ghana context.
The use of an in-depth case study approach to data collection and analysis, with analysis across the case
studies using different data sources and mixed methods, will help tease out how UK aid contributed (positively
or negatively, intentionally or unintentionally) relative to other factors in different programming contexts.

Generalisability of findings from case studies, sample bias and selection bias. Because of the scope of the portfolio, and because of the limited sub-national sample size and the fact that the sample of citizen respondents is not being selected statistically, there is the limitation that the respondents are not necessarily truly representative of the appropriate populations concerned and that invalid or ungeneralisable findings can be made. This will be mitigated by rigorous application of qualitative research principles, including the triangulation of evidence across stakeholder interviews, secondary sources and quantitative data, a constant consideration of context as a check on generalisability of findings from specific sites, a commitment to follow leads through in the research, and the commitment and processes to validate findings and conclusions with stakeholders.

Overlap. Because the field survey will be undertaken in parallel to the desk review of secondary data, we may discover some of the evidence we need to validate or data gaps we need to fill when we have already designed the field research tools and begun implementation. This will be mitigated by the fact that the field research is over a two-month period and the country research manager is a member of the core review team and will be working closely with both the field team and the review team, ensuring that necessary adjustments are made to the research instruments and tools as the work progresses.

Language. There is the limitation that while the field research will be undertaken in English, some of the respondents in rural areas may be more fluent and better able to express their thoughts in their local languages. This will be mitigated by the country research team making use of independent translators to engage communities and citizens in their own language. All three members of the research team also speak Twi, which is the most commonly spoken second language in the country.

Risk management

Mitigation and management actions
Security risk to the country
research team
The Northern Region experiences sporadic and unpredictable community
conflicts. The field research team will monitor security reports constantly
and avoid travel to high-risk areas. The two-month duration of the field
research provides the research team with the flexibility to schedule around
outbreaks of conflict. The team will also select a few alternative districts to
the final district sample that meet the selection criteria, which can serve as
substitutes for any districts that prove inaccessible.
Unavailability of relevant
stakeholders in the field
This will be mitigated through agenda planning in advance. In addition, the
field research team will have alternative interview targets to contact if the
initially targeted respondent is not available.
Inability to engage citizens
in the field research
This will be mitigated through the selection of consultation methods that
are deemed suitable for the specific district circumstances and citizen
groups consulted. The country research team is gender-balanced, and the
team will take care to ensure that the team member selected for specific
engagements will allow for biases in citizen responses that may arise.
DFID respondents in the
UK and Ghana are not
available, including on
account of Brexit-related
This will be mitigated through follow-up with telephone interviews.
Using an untested
methodology as this is the
first ICAI portfolio review
his will be mitigated through an extended design phase, review of
other development partners’ portfolio review methods, and through a
continuous learning approach during the review.

Quality assurance

The review will be carried out under the guidance of ICAI lead commissioner Tamsyn Barton, with support from the ICAI secretariat. The review will be subject to quality assurance by the service provider consortium.

Both the methodology and the final report will be peer-reviewed by an eminent academic working on development in Ghana.

Timing and deliverables

The review will be executed within ten months, starting from early March 2019.

Timing and deliverables
Inception Approach paper: May 2019
Data collection
Country visits: March and June 2019
Evidence pack: July 2019
Emerging findings presentation: August 2019
Reporting Final report: December 2019