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.
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.
Our follow-up review found there has been reasonable progress on some of the issues raised. But overall, a combination of an initially vague response to some of our 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 our recommendations as inadequate and will return to this review next year.
Overall, the government response to three of the recommendations we revisited has been relevant and reasonable, considering the budget constraints. However, we found the government’s response to recommendation 6 – that the government should provide clear guidance on how UK aid resources should be used in implementing mutual prosperity objectives – to be inadequate.
As the priorities of the new international development strategy begin to be implemented, it is crucial that the risks to development objectives and the value for money entailed in the government’s integrated approach to aid, trade and investment are addressed, as well as the opportunities. We will return to this issue in next year’s follow-up exercise.