International Development Committee
A hearing is held by Parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) or their ICAI sub-committee for most ICAI reviews.
Watch the IDC hearing for this review.
Approximately one year after we publish our reports, we follow up on the steps the government has taken in response to our recommendations. This process is a key link in the accountability chain, providing Parliament and the public with an account of how well government departments have responded to ICAI reviews.
Through our follow-up to this review we found that FCDO has taken valuable action towards implementing our recommendations. We judge the government’s response to be adequate overall. FCDO has taken notable steps to reach out to like-minded donors to collaborate on fraud issues in the multilateral aid system, including through the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) and the boards of several multilateral agencies. The department has also made notable efforts to develop a portfolio approach to fraud risk management, including through introducing peer review for Central Assurance Assessments (CAAs) of multilateral organisations, strengthened guidance and templates for CAAs, and improving the sharing of CAA findings across the department.
However, action was inadequate in updating fraud risk assessment of UK aid spent through the European Commission (recommendation 3). We will therefore return to this recommendation again next year.
We will return to assess the government’s progress implementing recommendation 3 again, as an outstanding issue in next year’s follow-up process.