Overseas Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 21 June (WA 320), since the establishment of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) what percentage of the Department for International Development's work has been evaluated by the ICAI; and whether they consider this sufficient.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has reviewed past, current and future financial periods, looking at cross-cutting thematic areas such as anti-corruption as well as individual country programmes such as the climate change programme in Bangladesh. Given this methodology, it is not possible to state what percentage of the DfID programmes has been evaluated by ICAI. ICAI has produced its own three year work plan for May 2011 to May 2014 which covers key components of the UK Aid programme. This work plan can be found at http://icai.independent.gov.uk/publications.

ICAI reports directly to Parliament through the International Development Select Committee. It would be inappropriate for DfID to comment on the level of ICAI's coverage.

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