DFID’s approach to anti-corruption and its impact on the poor

Corruption is a fundamental issue that affects the everyday lives of the very poorest and hinders efforts to lift countries out of poverty. This report focuses on DFID’s efforts to reduce corruption as experienced by the poor.

Score: Amber/Red
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 31 October 2014
  3. Type: Other
  4. Subject: Anti-corruption, tax avoidance and fiduciary risk
  5. Assessment: Amber/Red
  6. Location: Nepal, Nigeria
  7. Lead commissioner: Mark Foster


Corruption presents a formidable challenge to international development. It is prevalent in countries where the world’s poorest live, siphoning off precious resources from those most in need. It impacts the poor disproportionately and particularly women and girls.

This report assesses DFID’s work on anti-corruption and is the second of our reports on this subject. It focuses on DFID’s efforts to reduce corruption as experienced by the poor, rather than on the integrity of the use of DFID’s money. Our first report, DFID’s Approach to Anti-Corruption published in 2011, focused primarily on the effectiveness of DFID’s efforts to protect UK taxpayers’ money from the losses arising from the mismanagement of funds invested in programmes.

Overall for this report, we awarded an amber-red score and made five recommendations.


Review publication

Published 31 October 2014

Government response

Published 28 November 2014

ICAI follow-up

Published 30 June 2016