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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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ICAI follow-up review of 2017-18 reports

18 Jul 2019

Today ICAI is publishing our annual follow-up review of our 2017-18 reports, looking at whether the government has taken appropriate action since we made our recommendations. This year’s follow-up highlighted a range of positive actions including the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund’s progress instituting good aid practice, strengthening its ‘do no harm’ approach and accelerating […]

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New ICAI commissioners start today

1 Jul 2019

Sir Hugh Bayley and Tarek Rouchdy officially start their four-year term as ICAI commissioners today. They join chief commissioner Dr Tamsyn Barton, who took up her post early after the previous chief commissioner, Dr Alison Evans, left ICAI to join the World Bank Group in December. Tamsyn, Tarek and Hugh will lead ICAI until June […]

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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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