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New review – The changing nature of UK aid in Ghana

12 Feb 2020

UK aid spending in Ghana awarded overall green-amber score by Independent Commission for Aid Impact, but with amber-red for sustainability. Aid watchdog’s first country portfolio review found that the UK’s support since 2011 had been “mostly effective” in helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable. But it warned that as Ghana moves beyond aid, […]

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New review – The UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative

9 Jan 2020

Flagship Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative – the focus of a 2014 Global Summit led by William Hague and Angelina Jolie – given amber-red rating by aid watchdog. Despite initial strong leadership, ICAI found that following the departure of Lord Hague as Foreign Secretary, senior ministerial interest waned, and funding and staff resources fell. […]

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New approach paper – Assessing DFID’s results in nutrition

20 Dec 2019

A new review from the independent aid watchdog will look at work by the UK government to tackle malnutrition and end hunger in the world’s poorest countries. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact has today published an approach paper for its upcoming review, which will assess the results achieved by the Department for International Development […]

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New information note – The use of UK aid to enhance mutual prosperity

23 Oct 2019

The government is increasingly spending foreign aid in areas where it can deliver benefits to both the UK economy and countries eligible for aid – but care must be taken to ensure the primary aim of poverty reduction isn’t diluted or lost, according to a new publication from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI). […]

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New approach paper – The UK’s support to the African Development Bank

25 Sep 2019

ICAI is today publishing more details of its forthcoming review into the UK’s support for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. The AfDB Group is a regional development bank that aims to promote sustainable economic development and reduce poverty in Africa. Since 2014, the Department for International Development’s (DFID) annual average contributions to the AfDB […]

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New ICAI review – How UK Aid Learns

12 Sep 2019

Departments with new aid budgets are increasingly developing their understanding of how to use aid effectively – but more should be done to integrate learning into international development spending across government to ensure value for money, a new review from the UK’s aid watchdog has found. How UK Aid Learns, published today by the Independent […]

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Upcoming information note on the UK’s approach to tackling corruption and illicit financial flows

12 Aug 2019

ICAI is today publishing more details of its upcoming information note looking at the UK’s approach to tackling corruption and illicit financial flows. The UK, through the Department for International Development, has long pursued a proactive approach to tackling corruption in developing countries, resulting in a landmark anti-corruption summit in 2016. This was followed by the UK’s […]

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Latest ICAI reviews announced

30 Jul 2019

The government’s efforts to tackle malnutrition, protecting foreign aid from fraud, and UK-China aid in Africa are among the topics that ICAI will scrutinise in its latest planned reviews announced today. ICAI has agreed with the International Development Committee that it will review eight areas of UK aid spending: DFID’s Support to Nutrition, which will […]

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