16 December 2020

Simon Starling, Director of policy, advocacy and research at Bond, the UK network for organisations working in international development said:

"This is a timely and welcome review. With the aid budget in decline, despite the levels of poverty rising, it has never been more important to ensure that every penny of UK aid goes to the people who need it the most. ICAI plays a crucial role in scrutinising UK aid and ensuring transparency so that the British taxpayer and people facing poverty know that aid is spent effectively. Key to ICAI's effectiveness has been its independence and access to government information, both of which must be safeguarded."

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Notes to editor 

  1. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s Review of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact can be found here
  2. The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs (Dominic Raab) Written Ministerial Statement can be found here
  3. Since the merger of the Foreign Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development, Bond has been calling for a dedicated cross-government select committee and for ICAI to remain independent in order to ensure UK aid is spent effectively for those who need it most and delivers value for UK taxpayers.
  4. For further information about ICAI please contact ICAI's Head of Engagement Ellie Harte
  5. Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations from across the UK, and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  6. For further information or interviews please contact Maryam Mohsin on 07555 336029 or [email protected]