Late last week DFID unveiled a new independent body that will evaluate aid projects and focus on results and outcomes. The move follows DFID’s announcement in April to create a new, independent watchdog to certify that UK taxpayers are receiving value for money.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) will be headed by Graham Ward, the former President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. The commission will be entirely independent of the government and DFID and will report directly to Parliament, specifically to the International Development Select Committee.
We welcome the Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell’s statement:
“Results, transparency and accountability will be our watchwords and will define everything we do. The new Commission has the power to scale up the projects that have proved their success. It will be there to ensure we deliver on our promises”
In addition, the Chief Commissioner for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact Graham Ward said:
“I am delighted to take up the appointment of Chief Commissioner for the new Independent Commission for Aid Impact. Together with my fellow Commissioners, I look forward to getting on with the vital job of ensuring that our country’s aid budget achieves maximum value and effectiveness.”
RESULTS supports the creation of this commission that will hopefully ensure aid effectiveness and evidence-based investment in development, which are core principles RESULTS advocates for. We look forward to obtaining more evidence of the effect UK aid has on development outcomes and hope to see a spending shift towards organisations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria that already have a record of transparency, success and effectiveness.