Independent Commission for Aid Impact work investigated

23 April 2012

The International Development Committee has announced it will take oral evidence from Graham Ward, Chief Commissioner of ICAI (Independent Commission for Aid Impact), and Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development, on Tuesday 26 June at 10.30am on the work of ICAI

The Committee will question Mr Ward and Mr Lowcock about ICAI’s recent studies into the value-for-money of DFID programmes in developing countries. ICAI published the following studies in March:

  • Programme Controls and Assurance in Afghanistan
  • The Effectivness of DFID’s Engagement with the World Bank
  • Girl Hub: a DFID and Nike Foundation initiative

Prior to the evidence session, ICAI will publish a further four reports, on:

  •  DFID’s Electoral Support through the UN Development Programme (published 25 April)
  • DFID’s Education Programmes in Three East African Countries 2005-2015 (published mid-May)
  • The Management of UK  Budget Support Operations (mid-May)
  •  DFID’s Support for Health and Education in India (mid-May)

The Committee welcomes comments by organisations and individuals on ICAI’s studies, DFID’s management responses to those studies, or the operation of ICAI in general. The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 June.

ICAI’s published studies, and DFID’s management responses, are available on ICAI’s website:

Written evidence submitted should:
Be no longer that 3000 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 PDFs) 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.
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