In this review, the ICAI/Agulhas team followed-up on reviews published in 2016 and 2017:
- The cross-government Prosperity Fund
- The UK’s aid response to irregular migration in the central Mediterranean
- When aid relationships change: DFID’s approach to managing exit and transition in its development partnerships
- Accessing, staying and succeeding in basic education – UK aid’s support to marginalised girls
- UK aid in a conflict-affected country: Reducing conflict and fragility in Somalia
- The effects of DFID’s cash transfer programmes on poverty and vulnerability
- DFID’s approach to supporting inclusive growth in Africa
- DFID’s efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls
- DFID’s approach to managing fiduciary risk in conflict-affected environments
- DFID’s approach to delivering impact
This year’s follow-up review highlighted a range of positive actions, leading to significant progress in a number of areas of UK aid. Some review highlights include:
- DFID launched a new education policy, which included a strong focus on reaching marginalised girls, reflecting ICAI’s recommendations.
- DFID’s latest migration-labelled programming and research explore the complex interactions between development and migration patterns.
- DFID is developing new diagnostic tools that address many of the concerns underpinning ICAI’s recommendations in the areas of inclusivity, political economy analysis and prioritisation.
- While the Prosperity Fund is in the process of developing portfolio-level results indicators, this is being done only after 19 business cases have already been approved.
- DFID has not yet produced guidance or taken practical measures to address its approach to inclusion in each country portfolio, striking a balance between promoting structural change and growth, and ensuring that risks of exclusion are identified and managed.
ICAI’s inclusive growth review recommended that DFID strengthen
Areas of Expertise
- Aid effectiveness