Tackling fraud in UK aid: country case studies

A review assessing how effectively fraud risk in UK aid is managed at the country level.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 26 March 2024
  3. Type: Rapid review
  4. Subject: Anti-corruption, tax avoidance and fiduciary risk, Country focus
  5. Case study: India, Kenya, Lebanon, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Somalia, Syria
  6. Lead commissioner: Tarek Rouchdy

Read the approach summary paper

Our approach

Our 2021 review Tackling fraud in UK aid and the 2022 follow-up of recommendations identified key themes in the detection of fraud risks, focusing on centralised systems and processes in place to manage these.

This latest review will follow up on these themes and use a selection of country case studies – including Kenya, India and Mozambique – to assess how bilateral aid is managed by overseas UK government staff; how relationships with external stakeholders are handled; how staff implement key systems and processes; and how the UK collaborates with partners overseas to identify, understand and address fraud risks.

As with previous reviews, we will take a broad definition of fraud and consider all kinds of corruption and misappropriation of aid, but with a focus on the characteristic deception and secrecy associated with fraud.

Review questions

  1. Efficiency: How efficiently does the UK government deploy resources to ensure robust country-level fraud risk management in the aid delivery chain?
  2. Effectiveness: How effective are the UK’s overseas teams at identifying and responding to fraud allegations and concerns in aid delivery?
  3. Coherence: How well does the UK work across different UK government teams, departments and bodies (internal coherence), and with external partners (external coherence), to tackle fraud in aid delivery?


Approach publication

19 December 2023

Evidence gathering


Review publication

26 March 2024

Government response

Expected May 2024

Further scrutiny

To be confirmed