Last year we reported on DFID’s announcement to create a new independent body to evaluate aid effectiveness. Last week it was announced that the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) launched a public consultation calling on stakeholders and the public to give input on which areas of UK aid they would like to have reviewed.
Graham Ward, the Chief Commissioner for the ICAI, stated:
“We are responsible for the independent scrutiny of British aid and the publication of transparent, impartial and objective evaluations, reviews and investigations. We will provide strong feedback from independent evaluations into Government decision making, to ensure that recommendations lead to change. We will play a vital role in championing the use of evidence from independent evaluations, reviews and investigations to assist the UK to spend aid on what works best.”
Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development said:
“This marks a major step forward for the interests of the British taxpayer. The Commission will shine a light on where aid works and where improvements are needed. Independent scrutiny and transparent analysis will help to ensure that value for money, results and accountability define everything we do.”
If you would like to respond to the consultation, please visit the ICAI’s consultation page. Feedback to the consultation will play a significant role in developing the ICAI’s work plan for the next three years. The consultation will run for 12 weeks from the 14th January until the 7th April 2011.
The ICAI reports directly to Parliament instead of to DFID or the Government, a move meant to certify independence and accountability. The ICAI was created to scrutinise all UK Official Development Assistance and to ensure taxpayers are receiving value for money.