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

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Our approach

In this performance review, we explore the relevance and effectiveness of DFID’s support to strengthening governance in two countries, Nepal and Uganda – with a total expenditure of £127 million and £94 million respectively – from 2009 to 2017. We look at the relevance of DFID’s governance work to individual country contexts and the priorities of the UK aid programme, the effectiveness of existing governance work and how well it adapts to learning.

We chose to focus this review on just two countries in order to allow for in-depth exploration of the quality of assistance and results in a broad area of programming. This also allowed us to explore results over a longer period time, and meant we could look at several cycles of programming, in recognition that governance results may take time to emerge.

While the two country studies are not representative of DFID’s governance portfolio as a whole, we believe that many of the issues explored have wider significance.

Our review is limited to DFID, which spends 79% of total UK governance aid globally.



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