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

Filter Reviews

Business in Development

21 May 2015

Business are playing an increasing role in development. This review assesses how well DFID is working with and through businesses to benefit people living in poverty.

UK Aid Spent by Departments Other Than DFID

20 Feb 2015

Around 13% of UK Official Development Assistance (ODA) is spent by departments other than DFID. Our preliminary investigation maps spending and examines activities.

Rapid Review of DFID’s Smart Rules

16 Dec 2014

We have undertaken a rapid review of DFID’s procedures for programme management, the Smart Rules, to see how they respond to the issues that we have raised in our 38 reports to date.

The UK’s International Climate Fund

11 Dec 2014

The ICF is the UK’s primary instrument for funding international action on climate change. This review assesses emerging impacts and whether the ICF is likely to succeed in catalysing global action.

DFID’s Contribution to Improving Nutrition

9 Jul 2014

DFID has a globally recognised nutrition programme, committing £3.3 billion between 2013-20. This review assesses DFID’s rapidly expanding support to nutrition, focusing on strategy and portfolio coherence.

DFID’s Private Sector Development Work

15 May 2014

We examine DFID’s approach to private sector development. This encompasses a wide range of programmes from large-scale regulatory reform to microfinance support for small enterprises.

How DFID Learns

4 Apr 2014

Excellent learning is essential for UK aid to achieve maximum impact and value for money. This review seeks to identify the way DFID learns and what inhibits it from doing so consistently.