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
International climate finance: UK aid for low-carbon developmentJanuary/February 2019
CDC’s investments in low income and fragile statesFebruary 2019
DFID's engagement with civil society March/April 2019
The Newton FundApril 2019
How UK aid learnsAutumn/Winter 2019
Preventing sexual violence in conflictAutumn/Winter 2019
UK aid to GhanaAutumn/Winter 2019
African Development BankAutumn/Winter 2019
Building Markets: UK business engagement in aid Autumn/Winter 2019

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

Our work plan draws on five broad themes which reflect the challenges facing the UK development effort and are closely related to the strategic objectives set out in the government’s Aid Strategy. These themes provide us with a framework for selecting our work and sharing lessons across individual reviews.

ICAI’s five themes are:

  • Inclusive growth – including economic development, support for the private sector, economic infrastructure and the increasing role of capital investment in the aid budget.
  • Leaving no one behind – including basic services, social safety nets and the new Global Goals commitments on meeting the basic needs of the poorest.
  • Crisis, resilience and stability – covering areas such as humanitarian emergencies, protracted crises, post-conflict stabilisation and building resilience, including through adaptation to climate change.
  • Transparency, accountability and empowerment – including good governance, political participation, fighting corruption, empowering women and promoting human rights.
  • Beyond aid – including other forms of development cooperation on issues such as trade, migration, economic development and taxation.