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
How UK aid learnsSummer/Autumn 2019
Anti-corruptionAutumn 2019
Joint review part 1: Sexual violence in conflictAutumn/Winter 2019
UK aid to GhanaAutumn/Winter 2019
Mutual ProsperityAutumn/Winter 2019
Protecting ODA from fraud Winter 2019
Joint review part 2: Sexual exploitation and abuse by international peacekeepersWinter 2019/Spring 2020
African Development BankWinter 2019/Spring 2020
DFID’s Support to Nutrition Summer 2020
Youth employment and job creation Summer 2020
Modern Slavery Autumn/Winter 2020
UK Aid working with China in Africa Winter 2020
Deforestation Winter 2020/Spring 2021
The UK’s response to the safeguarding crisis in the aid sector Spring 2021

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.

Our themes

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:

Goal 1: No poverty – end poverty in all its forms, everywhere.

Goal 2: Zero hunger – end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Goal 3: Good health and well-being – ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Goal 4: Quality education – ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Goal 5: Gender equality – achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation – ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy – ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth – promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and decent work for all.

Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure – build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and faster innovation.

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities – reduce inequality within and among countries.

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities – make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production – ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Goal 13: Climate action – take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Goal 14: Life below water – conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Goal 15: Life on land – protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation.

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions – promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals – strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.