Assessing UK aid’s results in education

A forthcoming results review will assess the impact, effectiveness and equity of UK aid on education, with a particular focus on girl’s education.

  1. Status: In progress
  2. Last updated: 7 September 2021
  3. Type: Results review
  4. Subject: Education
  5. Lead commissioner: Tarek Rouchdy
  6. SDGs covered:Quality education

Read the approach paper

Our approach

The review will cover DFID/FCDO’s global education portfolio since 2015, including assessing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent cuts to the UK aid budget on its impact. It will focus on primary and lower secondary education, as these were key areas of DFID’s 2018 education policy.

The review will cover bilateral, centrally managed, multilateral (core contributions and ‘multi-bi’ programmes) and humanitarian spending. We will consider girls’ education in particular as we answer the review questions. This review will reflect largely on work carried out by the former DFID but it will make recommendations for the new FCDO to take forward.

This review will build on previous ICAI work reviewing UK aid for education, particularly marginalised and disadvantaged girls, but will look at education results more generally. This review will also build on ICAI’s review of DFID’s approach to disability in development [hyperlink], published in 2018, which examined DFID’s programming in five sectors, including education.

We are seeking to answer the following review questions:

  1. Effectiveness: How effective is DFID/FCDO aid to education in delivering its intended results?
  2. Equity: To what extent are DFID/FCDO’s education interventions reaching the most marginalised?
  3. Impact: To what extent is DFID/FCDO achieving sustainable impact through its aid to education?




Published 6 September

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Expected spring 2022

Further scrutiny

To be confirmed