ICAI follow-up review of 2021-22 reports

ICAI’s follow-up review looks at how well government departments have responded to the recommendations made in our 2021-22 reviews, plus outstanding issues from previous reviews.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 18 July 2023
  3. Type: Follow-up review
  4. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton

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This year’s follow-up review found that the government’s response to ICAI recommendations has been mixed, with 58% of recommendations from 2021-22 reviews adequately addressed but slower progress on issues outstanding more than a year.

Overall, taking into account the recent reviews and older outstanding issues, the government was found to be adequately addressing 43% of ICAI’s recommendations.


We followed-up on the following reviews for the first time:

International Climate Finance: UK aid for halting deforestation and preventing irreversible biodiversity loss
UK aid's alignment with the Paris Agreement

The UK aid response to COVID-19Inadequate
The UK's approach to safeguarding in the humanitarian sectorAdequate
Tackling fraud in UK aid through multilateral organisationsAdequate
Assessing UK aid's results in educationAdequate
The UK's support to the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA)Adequate
The UK's humanitarian response to COVID-19Inadequate

Outstanding issues from last year

In addition to the new reviews listed above, we also returned to the following reviews which were rated as ‘inadequate’ in last year’s follow-up exercise:

Outstanding issues
UK aid's approach to youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa
Management of the 0.7% ODA spending target, Part 1 and Part 2
Tackling fraud in UK aid
The UK's approach to tackling modern slavery through the aid programme
The changing nature of UK aid in Ghana (third follow-up)
How UK aid learns (third follow-up)

Learning journeys

This year’s follow-up review features two ‘learning journeys’, highlighting examples of success after ICAI’s follow-up processes:

  • Applying a flexible approach to meeting the UK’s aid-spending target
  • Strengthening systems for investigating reported safeguarding cases.


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Review publication

Published 18 July 2023

Further scrutiny

Expected summer 2024