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The UK’s approach to funding the UN humanitarian system – new review

18 Dec 2018

ICAI is today publishing a review of the UK’s approach to funding the UN humanitarian system which found that UK aid has successfully used its funding and influence to strengthen UN humanitarian agencies but needs to do more to deliver on its commitments to ensure effective accountability to affected populations and to stream line its […]

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ICAI part time Commissioner roles – recruitment now open

12 Dec 2018

Want to play a role in helping to improve UK aid through robust, independent scrutiny? The Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s next set of part time Commissioners are being recruited now. ICAI works across government to ensure all UK official development assistance (ODA) is spent effectively for those who need it most, and delivers value […]

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Assessing DFID’s results in improving Maternal Health – new review

30 Oct 2018

ICAI has today published a review of DFID’s results in improving Maternal Health which found that UK aid has expanded access to maternal health and family planning services, but is yet to make a significant difference to the quality and sustainability of these services. The review praised DFID for championing family planning and reproductive rights […]

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ICAI’s new review topics announced

22 Oct 2018

Preventing sexual violence in conflict, UK aid in Ghana, and the African Development Bank are some of the topics that will be scrutinised in ICAI’s latest work plan, announced today. The latest five areas of UK aid spending that ICAI will probe have been agreed with the International Development Committee, which signs off the work […]

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New ICAI review – DFID’s transport and urban infrastructure investments

12 Oct 2018

Today ICAI is publishing a review of DFID’s investments on transport and urban infrastructure, which over 2015 and 2016 consisted of 57 programmes with combined budgets of £3.9 billion. The review found that there was a strong rationale for DFID’s transport and urban infrastructure work and that DFID plays an important role alongside the multilateral development […]

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Achieving value for money through procurement – Part 2: DFID’s approach to value for money through tendering and contract management

25 Sep 2018

Today ICAI is publishing its second review into DFID’s procurement practices, looking at DFID’s £1.4 billion yearly spend through commercial suppliers. The review praises DFID for many of its reforms, including codes of conduct to protect against collusion and conflicts of interest, and increased early market engagement to gauge the level of competition. However, the […]

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Newton Fund – new approach paper published

16 Aug 2018

ICAI has today published the approach paper for its review of the Newton Fund, a £735 million government fund which develops science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and social welfare of partner countries. The Newton Fund is an example of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) spending with a dual purpose. It aims both […]

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ICAI follow-up of 2016-17 reports – new review

29 Jun 2018

Today ICAI is publishing the follow-up review of our 2016-17 reports looking at whether the government has taken appropriate action in response to our recommendations. This year’s follow-up highlighted a range of positive actions including a two-year extension to the lifetime of the Prosperity Fund, a stronger focus on equity in DFID’s new value for money guidance, and strengthened analysis […]

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DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda – new ICAI review

22 Jun 2018

The UK’s work to improve governance in Nepal and Uganda is achieving a range of positive results, but it needs stronger strategic orientation to deliver transformational change. We have published a new performance review into DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda. The review praised DFID for its strong focus on post-conflict development and highlighted a range of programmes that […]

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International climate finance: UK aid for low-carbon development – new approach paper published

14 Jun 2018

ICAI has today published the approach paper for its review of the UK’s International Climate Finance (ICF) contribution to supporting low-carbon development in 2016-17 to 2017-18. The UK’s International Climate Finance is a portfolio of investments designed to support the eradication of international poverty by helping developing countries manage risk, build resilience to the impacts of […]

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