Independent Commission for Aid Impact names its Board of Commissioners

2 Feb 2011

The three Commissioners, Mark Foster, John Githongo and Diana Good are acknowledged leaders in their fields. Together they contribute a wealth of international experience in the private sector, in combating corruption and in development.

Mark Foster is currently Group Chief Executive of Global Markets and Management Consulting at Accenture. He is also Chair of the Global Health Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum and Vice-Chair of the International Business Leaders Forum, which supports business development in the developing world.

John Githongo is well known for his pioneering anti-corruption work in Kenya and across Africa. Formerly a senior member of the Kenyan Government, he is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Inuka Kenya Trust, and a respected editorialist and advocate for transparency and good governance.

Diana Good is Chair of the Mary Ward Settlement, a founder trustee of the Access to Justice Foundation and a part-time judge. She was a senior partner of Linklaters specialising in investigations into corporate fraud and corruption. She has also worked on governance projects for Camfed which assists girls’ education in Africa.

They join Chief Commissioner, Graham Ward, who was appointed on the 29 October 2010.

Graham Ward said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark, John and Diana to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact. Together, we will aim to bring a fresh perspective to the development debate, using our combination of scrutiny and private sector expertise, as well as our international and development experience.

“I look forward to working with the Commissioners on the strategy for ICAI and in discussing the views from our public consultation on which areas of UK aid should be scrutinised.”

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. ICAI reports to Parliament through the International Development Select Committee.

ICAI is currently running a consultation calling for members of the public to have their say on which areas of UK overseas aid they would like to see looked at. Responses to the consultation will assist ICAI to develop its work plan for the next three years. To respond to the consultation please visit www.independent.gov.uk/icai/consultation.

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. Further information can be found at www.independent.gov.uk/icai.

For full biographies of the three Commissioners, please visit www.independent.gov.uk/icai/about/who-we-are/commissioners.

ICAI is currently holding a consultation calling for members of the public to have their say on which areas of UK overseas aid they would like to see looked at. Responses to the consultation will assist ICAI to develop its work plan for the next three years. To respond to the consultation please visit www.independent.gov.uk/icai/consultation.

On the 29 October 2010, the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, announced the appointment of Graham Ward CBE 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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