25 Sep 2023
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) will examine the £500 million Blue Planet Fund – designed to support developing countries to protect the marine environment and reduce poverty – in a forthcoming rapid review. The fund was announced by the government in 2021, as part of its commitment to spend at least £3 billion […]
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20 Sep 2023
Global health research, sustainable cities, international climate finance and UK aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion are among the areas to be scrutinised by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) in the coming months. ICAI has agreed with Parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) that it will examine and report on the following areas […]
Read more on Global health research, sustainable cities and Ukraine among new ICAI review topics
13 Sep 2023
Watchdog’s review of the four years since current Commission was appointed looks at how UK aid has performed in turbulent times. The impact of external shocks was compounded by frequent changes of political leadership and government’s own decisions to merge DFID and FCO and reduce the aid target. The merger brought much disruption but so […]
Read more on Brexit, COVID-19 and budget reductions put extraordinary pressure on UK aid since 2019
6 Sep 2023
The Illegal Migration Act, if implemented in full, could mean that much of the Home Office’s current spending on support for asylum seekers in the UK would no longer be eligible to come from the aid budget overseen by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), a new analysis finds today (Wednesday 6 September). The […]
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18 Jul 2023
The government’s response to the aid watchdog has been mixed, with 58% of recommendations from recent reviews adequately addressed but most outstanding issues still not, a new report finds.
Read more on ICAI finds both positives and gaps in government response to 2021-22 reviews
13 Jul 2023
The UK government’s aid to China has fallen rapidly but there is limited transparency over where it is still being spent, a new report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) finds today (Thursday 13 July).
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11 Jul 2023
The government has rejected a recommendation from the aid watchdog for a cap on the proportion of the aid budget that can be spent on refugee costs in the UK. The official response to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) rapid review of UK aid funding for refugees in the UK, which the government […]
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28 Jun 2023
The UK must ensure an integral focus on tackling climate change when providing aid to agriculture in developing countries, a new report from the aid watchdog finds.
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6 Jun 2023
The UK needs to do more to ensure its support for trade in developing countries benefits the poor, a report from the aid watchdog finds today.
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18 May 2023
ICAI today provides a new account of the UK’s humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, updating its review published last year which assessed UK aid to Afghanistan between 2014 and 2021. For two years the scale of UK aid made Afghanistan its biggest country programme. Report finds that the UK has sought to […]
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