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- Published: 26 May 2016
This review looks at the Department for International Development’s (DFID) approach to transition from development partnerships based on bilateral aid to new forms of financial and non-financial partnerships delivering broader UK government objectives. We do not consider the original decision to transition away from bilateral aid, which, as a policy decision, is beyond ICAI’s remit. However, we do consider DFID’s approach to the transition and whether it is managed so as to maximise the benefits. These include achieving cost savings and promoting stronger bilateral relationships, and minimising the risks, such as loss of momentum on poverty reduction or a reduced ability to achieve UK government aims in-country.
Our review covers transitions initiated from the 2011 Bilateral Aid Review (BAR) onwards. In the BAR, DFID identified 16 countries for transition. India and South Africa were later added to the list.
The review examines the relevance of DFID’s approach to transition to each country’s development needs and to wider UK government strategic goals. It considers how effectively the approach was implemented. It also explores lesson learning on the transition process within DFID and across the UK government.
While the review focuses on DFID’s performance, rather than the performance of the UK government as a whole, it includes how well DFID engages with other government departments in the UK and whether it promotes development objectives effectively throughout the transition process.
- Relevance: is DFID’s approach to transition relevant?
- Effectiveness: how effectively is DFID transitioning to a post-bilateral aid relationship with partner countries?
- Effectiveness – evidence and learning: how effectively is DFID capturing and applying learning to support its transition approaches?