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DFID’s Approach to Delivering Impact

11 Jun 2015

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published a report today on the Department For International Development’s Approach to Delivering Impact. UK aid, at its best, makes a real and positive difference to the lives and livelihoods of poor people around the world. Ensuring the best possible performance across a large and multifaceted aid programme is, however, a complex management challenge. This report reviews ICAI’s 43 reports over four years and looks at how well DFID ensures positive, long-term, transformative change across its work.

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Business in Development

21 May 2015

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published a report today, on how the Department for International Development (DFID) works with and through business. Businesses are playing an increasing role in development. Collaboration between business and aid agencies has the potential to deliver major benefits for the poor and DFID’s growing portfolio of work […]

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New Commissioner Appointments

27 Mar 2015

Francesca Del Mese, Tina Fahm and Richard Gledhill have been appointed as Commissioners to the Board of ICAI. The new Commissioners were appointed after a rigorous selection process in accordance with guidelines set out by The Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). The new team will bring a wealth of experience in international development, audit and professional services. […]

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Chief Commissioner Appointment

9 Mar 2015

Dr Alison Evans has been appointed to succeed Graham Ward CBE as Chief Commissioner of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact. Dr Evans will take up the post in July 2015 and will be joined by a new team of commissioners, whose appointment will be announced shortly. Dr Evans was appointed following a rigorous selection […]

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Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report: Official Development Assistance spent by Departments other than DFID

20 Feb 2015

Our report responds to concern that, as the Government fulfils its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on ODA, the share spent by departments other than DFID, might increase and that quality and focus of UK aid might be compromised.

We found that the scaling up of UK aid has not led to a disproportionate increase in non-DFID ODA, nor has it led to any overall loss of pro-poor focus to UK aid. The activities we examined are all ODA eligible and appropriate to the UK aid programme.

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Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report: Assessing the Impact of the Scale-up of DFID’s Support to Fragile States

12 Feb 2015

The UK Government has committed to spending 30% of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in fragile states by 2014-15, an increase from £1.8 billion of bilateral ODA (2011-12) to £3.4 billion (2014-15). DFID has increased its focus on fragile states – countries which are prone to some of the highest levels of poverty, have seriously weak systems and create wider security challenges. The targeted volume of expenditure and the planned pace of the increases was out of step with the capacity of DFID, its partners and, most importantly, the countries themselves to deliver.

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Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes Rapid Review of DFID’s Smart Rules

16 Dec 2014

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published today a Rapid Review of DFID’s Smart Rules. DFID recently reformed its procedures for programme management. It has called these new procedures ‘Smart Rules: Better Programme Delivery’. We have undertaken a rapid review of the Smart Rules, to see how they respond to the issues that […]

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Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report on the UK’s International Climate Fund

11 Dec 2014

The ICF is both a significant contribution to climate finance and a tool for influencing action at the international and national levels. After a challenging start, it has built up significant momentum and is now well placed to deliver on its ambitious objectives. While many of its investments have had long lead times and remained unproven, there is evidence of early impact in a range of areas. It has pioneered new approaches in the measurement of results.

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