Department for International Development: Reorganisation

Department for International Development written question – answered on 2nd July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Aid Transparency Index 2018, published by Transparency International, in particular the score for aid transparency of (1) 90.6 for Department for International Development, and (2) 34.3 for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and what steps they are taking to ensure that the approach taken by the Department for International Development towards aid transparency is reflected in the proposed Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

DFID achieved a ‘very good’ rating in the 2018 Aid Transparency Index, with FCO classed as ‘poor’. The 2020 Aid Transparency Index was launched on 24 June and DFID remains ‘very good’ and the 2nd best bilateral donor, and the FCO has improved performance, moving into the ‘fair’ category for the first time and scoring above average for the non-specialised ministries (foreign/defence/trade) assessed. DFID and FCO both lost points because they were unable to provide sufficiently forward-looking budget forecasts due to the limitations of the current Spending Review settlement, which will be addressed in future assessments.

The UK is globally recognised for its expertise and transparency in aid spending. The new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will continue to benefit from that expert knowledge as it delivers aid programmes to some of the world’s poorest people.

We are committed to improving transparency of aid globally and maintaining our high standards for overseas spending. We will continue to be accountable to parliament and to taxpayers for how we spend UK aid, and to mandate our partners to be transparent.

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