We have published our rapid review of transparency in UK aid. The government’s response is due in November.
Over a period of more than a decade the UK government has introduced a wide range of policies and practices to drive efforts to promote the transparency of UK aid spending. Its importance was emphasised in the 2015 UK aid strategy, which set ambitious transparency standards for all departments managing aid to meet; the 2018 Open aid, open societies transparency strategy, which reaffirmed UK aid transparency standards and committed to publishing all evaluations of UK aid programmes; and the 2021 Integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy, which stated a commitment to maintain the highest standards of transparency for all aid investments. A new UK strategy for international development was published as this approach paper was being finalised, which also mentions transparency, accountability and honesty. Across this same period, the UK has championed aid transparency globally.
Given recent changes to the UK’s aid programme, it was an opportune time to review the current state of UK aid transparency standards. It was also valuable to analyse the contribution previous transparency efforts have made to promoting accountability for and effectiveness of this spending.