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Tackling fraud in UK aid

Completed: 8 April 2021

The government’s approach to managing fraud in the aid programme is broadly relevant and effective – but more can be done to find fraud cases by improving oversight and intelligence sharing across aid-spending departments, and streamlining and enhancing whistleblowing systems.

The UK’s aid engagement with China

In progressLast updated: 11 November 2020

A forthcoming information note that will provide a factual account of the UK’s financial and strategic engagement with China on development issues.

UK aid spending during COVID-19: management of procurement through suppliers

Completed: 4 December 2020

Aid-spending government departments worked flexibly with suppliers to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their work, but lack of transparency about the government’s new aid priorities hampered delivery, and the long-term impact of the cuts to the UK aid programme remains to be seen.

Management of the 0.7% ODA spending target

Completed: 24 November 2020

The government’s approach to managing its aid-spending target has become increasingly effective and well-coordinated across government – but making the process more flexible in future could reduce the “significant” impact of major economic shocks.

The UK’s approach to tackling modern slavery through the aid programme

Completed: 14 October 2020

The UK’s work to tackle modern slavery in developing countries has had limited long-term impact, did not build on existing international efforts and experience, and failed to adequately involve survivors – though the government played a prominent role in raising the profile of the issue globally.

Sexual exploitation and abuse by international peacekeepers

Completed: 30 September 2020

The UK’s “leading” work to tackle the widespread problem of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by international peacekeepers is relevant and important, but could be strengthened with more focus on survivors and a stronger approach to learning.

Assessing DFID’s results in nutrition

Completed: 16 September 2020

The government has beaten its goal of reaching people in some of the world’s poorest countries with nutrition services – but with malnutrition set to rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it should do more to help the most vulnerable.

The UK’s support to the African Development Bank Group

Completed: 31 July 2020

The UK’s work with Africa’s leading development institution is good value for money, allowing the UK taxpayer to influence development across Africa, but more could be done to strengthen strategic engagement between the UK and the Bank, and cooperation on the ground.