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DFID’s Trade Development Work in Southern Africa

6 Dec 2013

We gave this report a Red because we had very serious concerns regarding the financial management and governance of TradeMark Southern Africa. We first made DFID aware of our concerns in May. DFID has now terminated the programme which is, in our judgement, a good decision. We welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement that programme controls will be strengthened and that improvements will be made to DFID’s Internal Audit.

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Chief Commissioner Speech at International Parliamentary Conference on the Post-2015 Development Agenda delivered on 27 November 2013

27 Nov 2013

Accountability and Monitoring in Burma and Odisha   Good afternoon and thank you for inviting me here today. First, I must pass on the apologies of my fellow Commissioner, John Githongo, who was unable to break away from business in Kenya to be with us today. I have the privilege of being the Chief Commissioner […]

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Agricultural Research Case study: Reaching the end users: Vitamin A-enriched sweet potato in Uganda

25 Oct 2013

As part of the DFID Support to Agricultural Research report, Lead Commissioner John Githongo and our team visited Uganda to examine the HarvestPlus project which encouraged farmers to grow and eat Vitamin A-enriched sweet potato. The project took place over 2006-09. HarvestPlus worked with NGOs and targeted 10,000 farmers in three districts in eastern Uganda. The project […]

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Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report on DFID’s Support to Agricultural Research

25 Oct 2013

DFID has committed £350 million to agricultural research in the period 2010-15 to improve food security and tackle hunger in developing countries. Activities range from advanced science research in UK universities to projects developing and testing innovative ways to get research products (such as new seeds or animal vaccines) into use by farmers. The overall rating for the programmes we examined is Green-Amber.

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Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report on DFID’s Empowerment and Accountability Programming in Ghana and Malawi

11 Oct 2013

“We endorse DFID’s new focus on empowering people. We found that the most successful initiatives involved helping communities to build on existing capacities to find solutions which benefited both the community and the government service provider. Clearer and more realistic goals, with stronger criteria for delivery decisions, would help to maximise results.” – Diana Good, Lead Commissioner.

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