Future work plan

Our future work plan provides a summary of forthcoming ICAI reviews and expected publication dates. All ICAI reviews are approved by the International Development Committee.

ICAI’s future work plan*:

ReviewExpected publication
Joint review part 2: Sexual exploitation and abuse by international peacekeepersSummer 2020
Results review: Assessing DFID’s results in nutrition Summer 2020
The UK’s approach to tackling modern slavery through the aid programme Autumn 2020
Rapid review: The UK’s 0.7% spending targetAutumn 2020
Protecting ODA from fraud Autumn/Winter 2020
Youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa Spring 2021
UK aid working with China in Africa Spring 2021
Climate change: Deforestation and biodiversity Spring 2021
The UK’s response to the safeguarding crisis in the aid sector Summer 2021
*Publication dates subject to change; ICAI’s work plan remains under review during the Covid-19 pandemic

This is a provisional work plan which is subject to change. Additional reviews will be added after they have been confirmed. Alongside this work plan, we will retain some capacity to undertake ad hoc reports on specific issues of interest or concern.

Selection criteria

We use four selection criteria when planning our work plan:

  • Relevance – the relevance of the topic to new and emerging challenges for the aid programme and its level of interest to stakeholders and the public.
  • Materiality – the importance of the topic in terms of scale of expenditure.
  • Risk – the level of risk involved to achieve the objectives of UK aid or to the appropriate use of UK funds.
  • Value-added – appropriate coverage of the UK aid programme, across sectors, issues, types of programme and spending department, taking into account reviews done by others.

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to make the world a fairer, healthier, safer and more prosperous place for all by 2030, provide us with a framework for selecting our work: