Follow-up of ICAI’s Year 5 Reviews

Each year, we conduct a follow-up assessment of ICAI reviews from the previous year. The process is an important link in the chain of accountability, providing the International Development Committee (IDC) and other stakeholders with an account of whether DFID, or other responsible departments, have taken action in response to ICAI’s concerns. It also provides us with an opportunity to become aware of new developments and emerging issues across the UK aid portfolio, which we can address in future reviews.

This year, we will conduct follow-up assessments of five ICAI reviews published in 2015 and 2016.

DFID’s Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls

Assessing DFID’s Results in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

DFID’s Approach to Managing Fiduciary Risk in Conflict Affected Environments

UK aid’s contribution to tackling tax avoidance and evasion

How DFID works with multilateral agencies to achieve impact


For each report we will assess:

• Whether the department responded effectively both to our recommendations and the underlying issues that they sought to address.

• Progress on implementing agreed management actions, whether these have been well designed and implemented, and ultimately whether they are likely to improve the effectiveness and value for money of UK aid.

• Any changes in context and emerging issues to inform our ongoing review programme.


DFID’s responses to ICAI reports are available here.


We will also review three outstanding areas from ICAI’s 2015 programme that require further attention:

• Governance of the Development Capital portfolio: We will revisit the emerging governance and management arrangements for DFID’s Development Capital portfolio, to see if they are robust enough in light of the planned scale up.

• The ‘refreshed’ security and justice approach: We will review DFID’s forthcoming security and justice approach paper to assess whether it represents a new approach, and explore the emerging roles of DFID and the CSSF in the security and justice portfolio.

• The new DFID results framework: We will explore the design of DFID’s new departmental results framework and how it fits into wider processes for aggregating and reporting on results.