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The Newton Fund



Independent Commission for Aid Impact

The Newton Fund is a research and innovation partnership fund managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which was established to develop science and innovation partnerships to reduce poverty by generating and putting into use knowledge and technology.

The secondary purpose of the Fund is to strengthen the UK’s wider prosperity and global influence by building ties with partner countries, promoting the UK as a global leader in development research and unlocking opportunities for collaboration and trade.

This review assesses how effective the Newton Fund is at promoting international research and innovation partnerships to achieve development results.

The Newton Fund was given an amber-red score. The review found that while it is promoting some strong research and innovation partnerships with 17 middle-income countries, it does not have sufficient strategies and mechanisms in place to ensure that its spending is a good use of UK aid.

Areas of expertise:

  • Aid effectiveness
  • Performance management and accountability
  • Institutional change and capacity building

Press coverage: ExpressPublic Finance InternationalThe Telegraph

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