We undertake independent reviews of UK aid spending and its contribution to development impact

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The current state of UK aid: A synthesis of ICAI findings from 2015 to 2019

20 Jun 2019

Over the period from 2015 to 2019, ICAI has accumulated a rich body of evidence on the performance of UK aid. We have drawn together the key findings from across the 28 reviews and four follow-ups conducted over the last four years, to produce an analysis of the current state of UK aid and the challenges ahead.

The Newton Fund

7 Jun 2019

A £735 million aid fund is poorly designed to deliver its primary purpose of addressing development challenges and advancing development for the poorest people and countries through research and innovation, and does not ensure its spending is a good use of UK aid. 

Assessing DFID’s results in improving Maternal Health

30 Oct 2018

DFID programmes have expanded access to family planning and some maternal health services, but a renewed effort is required to reach young women and girls and to generate lasting impacts on quality of care and maternal health outcomes.

ICAI follow-up review of 2016-17 reports

29 Jun 2018

ICAI’s follow-up review looks at how well DFID and other government departments have responded to our key findings and the recommendations we made in 2016-17 reviews.

DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda

22 Jun 2018

DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda is tailored to the country contexts and largely achieving its intended outcomes, but needs a stronger strategic orientation and approach to learning.

The UK’s humanitarian support to Syria

24 May 2018

DFID overcame substantial barriers to the delivery of aid, such as food, shelter and vaccines but took too long to put the required staffing and resources in place