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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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Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes report on DFID’s Approach to Anti-Corruption and Its Impact on the Poor

31 Oct 2014

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published a report today on the Department for International Development’s Approach to Anti-Corruption and Its Impact on the Poor. Corruption is a fundamental issue that afflicts the everyday lives of the very poorest and thwarts global efforts to lift countries out of poverty. DFID recognises corruption as […]

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International Development Committee publishes Report on ICAI Annual Report

5 Sep 2014

The International Development Committee has published its report on our 2013-14 Annual Report. The report and further details can be found on the Committee’s website here: https://old.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/international-development-committee/news/icai-report-substantive/ Responding to the report, Chief Commissioner Graham Ward said: “This positive report is very welcome. I strongly support the Committee’s statement on independence. Our continuing independence is vital: […]

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DFID’s Contribution to Improving Nutrition

9 Jul 2014

DFID started scaling up its nutrition work in 2010. The pace and scale of DFID’s global work is good but implementation at the country level has been too slow. As a result, it is too early to show impact, though we saw some promising signs. Although DFID’s work is based on sound evidence, DFID’s projects do not always focus on interventions with the greatest impact on stunting. DFID should improve the monitoring of its programmes and ensure results are not over-reported. We believe that a greater focus is needed on the most vulnerable and ‘hard-to-reach’ mothers and children.

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