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New ICAI review – The Newton Fund

7 Jun 2019

ICAI is today publishing a review of the Newton Fund, a £735 million research and innovation partnership fund managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which is intended to promote international development. The review found that the fund was poorly designed to pursue the aim of promoting international development, and in […]

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New approach paper – The changing nature of UK aid to Ghana

28 May 2019

ICAI is today publishing a new approach paper for an upcoming review of all UK official development assistance (ODA) to Ghana from 2011 to 2019. The UK has a longstanding development partnership with Ghana, having invested over £2 billion in aid over the last two decades. In 2010, Ghana achieved lower middle-income (LMIC) status leading to […]

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Two new ICAI Commissioners announced

16 May 2019

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s next two Commissioners have been announced today. Sir Hugh Bayley and Tarek Rouchdy will take up their new part-time posts on July 1, 2019, joining ICAI’s new Chief Commissioner, Dr Tamsyn Barton, who has been in post since January. Both candidates were appointed by the previous Secretary of State […]

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DFID’s partnerships with civil society organisations

10 Apr 2019

ICAI is today publishing a new review of DFID’s partnerships with civil society organisations (CSO), which found the results of UK aid work delivered by CSOs has been hampered by delays and uncertainty in the government’s funding decisions. The review found the results of DFID-funded CSO projects were positive, generally delivering effective development and humanitarian interventions, and […]

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CDC’s investments in low-income and fragile states – new review

26 Mar 2019

ICAI is today publishing a review of CDC’s investments in low-income and fragile states, which found the UK’s multi-billion pound development finance institution did not do enough to maximise the impact of its UK aid investments. The review found that CDC, which received £1.8 billion of new capital from the Department for International Development between 2015 […]

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Give us your views – ICAI consultation launched

1 Mar 2019

The UK’s independent aid scrutiny body wants to hear from you. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact examines the effectiveness and value for money of the UK’s official development assistance, whichever government department spends it. Our work is published online, and we report to Parliament’s International Development Committee, with public hearings held to discuss our […]

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International Climate Finance: UK aid for low-carbon development – new review

19 Feb 2019

ICAI is today publishing a review of the UK’s International Climate Finance for low-carbon development which found that the UK has demonstrated a convincing approach to joint international action promoting low-carbon development in developing countries through its £5.8 billion International Climate Finance commitment. The review also praised the UK for its strategic investments in, and […]

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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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