This rapid review set out to explore how well the UK government manages the ODA spending target.
Our review covered the period from 2013 to 2019, and built on previous reviews conducted by the National Audit Office. As part of our research, we carried out a strategic review of key government documents, interviews and focus group discussions, and case study samples of government departments, cross-government funds, and other aid spending. As a rapid review, it is not scored.
Reviewing the commitment of 0.7% itself was not within the remit of this review. We focused on how ODA spending departments and cross-government structures such as the Senior Officials Group managed the value for money risks associated with the spending target. We also explored how ODA spending departments have generated and applied lessons learnt to their approaches on value for money in managing the 0.7% spending target.
We sought to answer the following questions:
- Relevance: What is the process for allocation, monitoring and management of ODA spending targets to individual departments, and how well is this process governed and managed?
- Efficiency: What are the value for money risks associated with meeting the spending target, and how well do the responsible departments mitigate them?
- Learning: To what extent have departments reduced the value for money risks associated with meeting their spending target?
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- Published: 24 Nov 2020