ICAI Annual Report: call for evidence

22 May 2013

Call for evidence: Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) Annual Report

The Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) is the independent body responsible for the scrutiny of UK aid. Led by a Chief Commissioner, Graham Ward CBE, ICAI reports to Parliament through the House of Commons International Development Committee.

ICAI will publish its Annual Report in mid-June. The International Development Committee plans to hold an evidence session on the Report, and on ICAI’s past year of work, on Tuesday 9 July. Witnesses will be (i) Mark Lowcock, DFID Permanent Secretary, and (ii) ICAI Commissioners.

The Committee invites evidence on ICAI’s last year of work (May 2012-May 2013) from interested organisations and individuals. The deadline for these is Tuesday 25 June 2013.

Written evidence submitted should:
Be no longer that 3,000 words in length 

  • Have numbered paragraphs 
  • Avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material
  • Be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format (No PDF’s) by e-mail to  If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail. The letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details

Submissions can also be sent by post to International Development Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.

View guidance on giving evidence to Select Committees.

Please also note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within written evidence, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included. If a number of published documents are sent to accompany written evidence, these should be listed in the covering email. 
  • Written evidence submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised. 
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence. 
  • It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

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