UK aid in a changing world: implications for ICAI

This paper explores the changing context for UK aid and the implications for ICAI’s mandate to provide independent scrutiny of the aid programme.

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7 Jan 2016
Lead commissioner
Alison Evans

The global development landscape is changing fast. In 2015, a series of major international events began reshaping the policy agenda for the years to come. Alongside commitments on climate change and development finance, the Global Goals have been adopted, providing a new, universal charter for development. In the UK, the government has set out a global strategy for the UK aid programme, while the Department for International Development (DFID) has launched a series of strategic reviews to ensure that it is ready for the challenges ahead.

This paper explores emerging global trends in international development, and considers the potential challenges for UK aid. We then reflect on how this analysis has helped us shape a strategic and relevant review programme.

ICAI’s independent scrutiny of the aid programme has a critical role. It provides Parliament and the UK public with assurance that the UK aid programme is making a real difference. With the aid budget continuing to grow, effectiveness and value for money remain central concerns. We will pay close attention to how well DFID responds to new challenges and will provide close oversight of how other government departments spend UK aid.