DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda

DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda is tailored to the country contexts and largely achieving its intended outcomes, but needs a stronger strategic orientation and approach to learning.

Score: Green/Amber
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 22 June 2018
  3. Type: Performance review
  4. Subject: Democracy, governance and human rights
  5. Assessment: Green/Amber
  6. Location: Nepal, Uganda
  7. Lead commissioner: Tina Fahm
  8. SDGs covered:Peace, justice and strong institutions


We published our performance review on DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda in June 2018, awarding a green-amber score. We made five recommendations. A follow-up report for this review was published in July 2019.

How countries are governed has a major influence on their progress towards poverty reduction and development. More stable, effective and accountable governance is both an objective in its own right and a means of achieving broader development goals, including in areas such as economic development, health, education and climate change.

Governance programming is designed to improve the quality of institutions and governance processes in developing countries. In 2016, DFID spent £537 million on bilateral governance programming to help strengthen areas such as budgeting and public expenditure management, the electoral process, media, courts, police, local government and civil society. It aims to make governments more responsive and accountable, build organisational capacity to promote development, and to strengthen processes for the peaceful resolution of disputes.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals relevant to this review are:

  • Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions



Published 21 Dec 2017

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published 22 June 2018

Government response

Published 3 August 2018

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 24 October 2018

ICAI follow-up

Published 18 July 2019