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The changing nature of UK aid in Ghana

Completed: 12 February 2020

UK aid has been “mostly effective” at helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable in Ghana – but as the country works to become less reliant on aid, the UK should take care not to scale back its financial support too quickly.

The use of UK aid to enhance mutual prosperity

Completed: 23 October 2019

The government is increasingly spending foreign aid in areas where it can deliver benefits to both the UK economy and countries eligible for aid – but care must be taken to ensure the primary aim of poverty reduction isn’t diluted or lost.

How UK aid learns

Completed: 12 September 2019

Departments with new aid budgets are increasingly developing their understanding of how to use aid effectively - but more should be done to integrate learning into international development spending across government to ensure value for money.

ICAI follow-up review of 2017-18 reports

Completed: 18 July 2019

ICAI’s follow-up review looks at how well DFID and other government departments have responded to the recommendations made in our 2017-18 reviews.

The current state of UK aid: A synthesis of ICAI findings from 2015 to 2019

Completed: 20 June 2019

Over the period from 2015 to 2019, ICAI has accumulated a rich body of evidence on the performance of UK aid. We have drawn together the key findings from across the 28 reviews and four follow-ups conducted over the last four years to produce an analysis of the current state of UK aid and the challenges ahead.

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.