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

Read the approach paper

Our approach

In this performance review, we explore DFID’s value for money approach, its progress on embedding value for money into its management processes and whether its efforts are in fact helping to improve value for money.

Review questions

The review sought to answer these questions:

  1. Relevance: Is DFID’s approach to value for money appropriate to the needs of the UK aid programme?
  2. Effectiveness: How well are value for money considerations embedded in DFID’s management processes?
  3. Effectiveness: To what extent do DFID’s value for money tools, processes and accountabilities lead to improvements in 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