RESULTS welcomes International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell’s announcement yesterday to create a new, independent watchdog to certify that UK taxpayers are receiving value for money. In addition, Mr. Mitchell announced a new UKaid Transparency Guarantee to usher in full transparency by publishing all of DFID’s spending on the departmental website.
Mr Mitchell has stated:
“We need a fundamental change of direction – we need to focus on results and outcomes, not just inputs. Aid spending decisions should be made on the basis of evidence, not guesswork. That is why we have taken the first steps towards creating a new independent aid watchdog.
“The UK Aid Transparency Guarantee will also help to create a million independent aid watchdogs – people around the world who can see where aid money is supposed to be going – and shout if it doesn’t get there.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has emphasised these claims in piece for the Guardian and promised that Britain “will meet our commitment to increase spending on aid to 0.7 percent of gross national income from 2013.”
This move to create more accountability and transparency speaks to RESULTS’ core principles of aid effectiveness and evidence-based investment in development. We applaud this development and look forward to obtaining more evidence of the effect UK aid has on development outcomes, as well as seeing spending shifts towards organisations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria who already have a record of transparency, success, and effectiveness.