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21 July
2017

Agulhas’ Senior Fellow wins the Outstanding Teaching Award at University of Birmingham

By |News from Agulhas|

Agulhas' Fellow Willem van Eekelen won the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award of the University of Birmingham’s College of Social Sciences, which includes about 500 teaching staff. Willem is a Senior Fellow at Agulhas and a Teaching Fellow at the International Development Department of the University of Birmingham. He teaches modules on Poverty and Inequality, Rural [...]

28 June
2017

Inclusive Growth

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published a learning review on DFID's aims to improve economic development and create jobs in Africa. ICAI found the department has pursued a well-considered approach to building up its knowledge and expertise in the area of inclusive growth, doubling its global investment in economic development – from £934 million in 2011-12 to £1.8 billion [...]

23 June
2017

UK aid in a conflict-affected country: Reducing conflict and fragility in Somalia

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published a performance review on UK aid delivery in Somalia. It found the UK aid is making a positive contribution to state-building and stability in Somalia, despite facing extremely challenging circumstances. The aid, which amounted to £185m in 2016/17, delivered significant achievements in Somalia. However, the UK could improve its performance in several important [...]

21 June
2017

Follow-Up Year 5

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published its Follow-Up Year 5 report. Each year, ICAI follows up on the response to the recommendations it made in previous reviews. The process is a key link in the accountability chain, providing Parliament and the public with an account of how well DFID and other government departments have responded to ICAI reviews. [...]

10 March
2017

The UK’s aid response to irregular migration in the central Mediterranean

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published a rapid review exploring what progress the UK has made in developing a relevant and effective aid response to irregular migration. ICAI found that the cross-departmental approaches to addressing the root causes of migration are still under development and have not yet fully absorbed research findings on the causes of irregular migration. [...]

22 February
2017

IDC hearing of the ICAI review on the effects of DFID’s cash transfer programmes

By |News from Agulhas|

The International Development Committee (IDC) heard from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Department for International Development (DFID) on the effects of DFID's cash transfer programmes on poverty and vulnerability. The IDC questioned ICAI on the methodology used for evidence gathering, on the complementarity with the recently published ODI research on cash [...]

7 February
2017

The cross-government Prosperity Fund

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published a rapid review of the Prosperity Fund, a cross-government aid fund promoting economic reform and growth in developing countries. ICAI’s latest review has found that the Prosperity Fund needs to continue to improve its systems and processes to support the pace and scale of delivery. The review found several emerging challenges for the [...]

30 January
2017

IDC hearing of ICAI review on UK aid support for marginalised girls’ education.

By |News from Agulhas|

The International Development Committee (IDC) heard from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Department for International Development (DFID) on the UK aid’s support for marginalised girls' education. The session looked at the coherence and effectiveness of DFID's interventions and the appropriateness of DFID's 'value for money' focus when trying to reach the [...]

12 January
2017

The effects of DFID’s cash transfer programmes on poverty and vulnerability

By |News from Agulhas|

Today ICAI published an impact review on the Department for International Development (DFID) use of cash transfer programmes to reduce poverty and vulnerability. The review found that the transfers – which include any regular payments made to individuals or households – had consistently increased incomes and consumption levels among some of the world’s poorest people, and [...]

5 January
2017

Mrs Thatcher was right – Nigel Thornton

By |News comment and analysis|

"The sheer professionalism of the British Civil Service, which allows governments to come and go with a minimum of dislocation and a maximum of efficiency, is something other countries with different systems have every cause to envy." Margaret Thatcher, 1993, "The Downing Street Years", Whatever your view of the honours system, there is a certain [...]

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