The UK’s approach to democracy and human rights

This review explores how effectively the UK aid programme has responded to the emergence of new threats to democracy and human rights.

Score: Green/Amber
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 18 January 2023
  3. Type: Full review
  4. Subject: Democracy, governance and human rights
  5. Assessment: Green/Amber
  6. Location: Pakistan, Serbia, Tanzania
  7. Lead commissioner: Tamsyn Barton
  8. SDGs covered:Peace, justice and strong institutions

International Development Committee

A hearing is held by Parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) or their ICAI sub-committee for most ICAI reviews.

We expect a hearing for this review to take place in due course.

ICAI follow-up

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.

We published the follow-up report in May 2024, which can be read here.



Published 20 May 2022

Evidence gathering


Review publication

18 January 2023

Government response

Published 28 February 2023

Further scrutiny

Follow-up published 16 May 2024