The changing nature of UK aid in Ghana

UK aid has been “mostly effective” at helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable in Ghana – but as the country works to become less reliant on aid, the UK should take care not to scale back its financial support too quickly.

Score: Green/Amber
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 12 February 2020
  3. Type: Country portfolio review
  4. Subject: Country focus, Transitioning development partnerships
  5. Assessment: Green/Amber
  6. Location: Ghana
  7. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton
  8. SDGs covered:No poverty, Reduced inequalities, Partnerships for the goals, Good health and wellbeing, Quality education, Gender equality, Decent work and economic growth, Industry, innovation and infrastructure

International Development Committee

Parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC), or its ICAI sub-committee, hold hearings on all ICAI reviews. The IDC hearing on our Ghana country portfolio review is available to watch online. The transcript is also available to read.

ICAI follow-up

Approximately one year after we publish our reports, we follow up on the steps the government has taken in response to our recommendations. This process is a key link in the accountability chain, providing Parliament and the public with an account of how well government departments have responded to ICAI reviews.

ICAI’s follow-up review is available to read now. It found there has been reasonable progress on some of the issues raised. But overall, a combination of an initially vague response to some of ICAI’s recommendations, delays due to contextual challenges, and a reluctance to share documentation or briefings on ongoing strategic work by FCDO, means that it has not been possible to verify reported improvements. We have therefore scored the response to ICAI’s recommendations as inadequate and will return to this review next year.

Read the follow-up

Further follow-up

This review was followed up on again in 2022 as an outstanding issue in our follow-up review of 2020-21 reports: read the ICAI follow-up review of 2020-21 reports.

In addition to following up a new set of ICAI reviews next year, ICAI will return to this review as an outstanding issue in 2023.



Published 20 May 2019

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published 12 February 2020

Government response

Published 25 March 2020

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 9 July 2020

ICAI follow-up

Published 23 June 2021

Further follow-up

Published 30 June 2022

Further follow-up

Expected summer 2023