DFID’s approach to value for money in programme and portfolio management

The Department for International Development’s approach to value for money is helping to make UK aid spending go further, but improvements are still needed.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 20 February 2018
  3. Type: Performance review
  4. Subject: Government processes and systems
  5. Assessment: Unrated
  6. Location: Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda
  7. Lead commissioner: Tina Fahm


ICAI published this review on DFID’s approach to value for money in February 2018, and as value for money is both a process and an outcome and cuts across all aspects of DFID’s operations, did not score this review. We made five recommendations and published a follow-up to this review in July 2019.

All UK government departments are required to achieve value for money in their use of public funds. In recent years, DFID has been working to build value for money considerations further into its management processes and its relationships with implementers and multilateral partners, establishing itself as a global champion on value for money.



Published 14 February 2017

Evidence gathering


Review publication

Published 20 February 2018

Government response

Published 28 March 2018

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 2 May 2018

ICAI follow-up

Published 18 July 2019