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The Newton Fund

Completed: 7 June 2019

The £735 million aid fund is poorly designed to deliver its primary purpose of addressing development challenges and advancing development for the poorest people and countries through research and innovation, and does not ensure its spending is a good use of UK aid. 

The UK’s approach to funding the UN humanitarian system

Completed: 18 December 2018

DFID has a strong strategy for using its funding and influence to strengthen UN humanitarian agencies and global humanitarian practice, but its record to date in promoting practical reforms is mixed.

Assessing DFID’s results in improving maternal health

Completed: 30 October 2018

DFID programmes have expanded access to family planning and some maternal health services, but a renewed effort is required to reach young women and girls and to generate lasting impacts on quality of care and maternal health outcomes.

ICAI follow-up review of 2016-17 reports

Completed: 29 June 2018

ICAI’s follow-up review looks at how well DFID and other government departments have responded to our key findings and the recommendations we made in 2016-17 reviews.

DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda

Completed: 22 June 2018

DFID’s governance work in Nepal and Uganda is tailored to the country contexts and largely achieving its intended outcomes, but needs a stronger strategic orientation and approach to learning.

The UK’s humanitarian support to Syria

Completed: 24 May 2018

DFID overcame substantial barriers to the delivery of aid, such as food, shelter and vaccines but took too long to put the required staffing and resources in place

DFID’s approach to disability in development

Completed: 16 May 2018

Around one in six people in developing countries live with a disability. As a group, they tend to be poorer, and suffer more discrimination, exclusion and violence than the rest of the population.