The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has today published a work plan outlining its intended programme of activity for the next three years.
ICAI Chief Commissioner Graham Ward CBE unveiled the plan at an event in Parliament with the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell and the Chair of the International Development Select Committee, Malcolm Bruce. The event also marks the official launch of the Commission.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said:
“The Independent Commission for Aid Impact will be a watchdog with real teeth. They will highlight where aid works and where we need to improve. Their work plan strikes me as a strategic and balanced review of our aid programme.
“The UK Government is dispensing with the power to sweep things under the carpet. The ICAI Commissioners are an energetic, dedicated group, backed by a strong team who will hold our aid spending to account. Their findings will help us shape the future of aid.
"We have a duty to squeeze 100 pence of value from every pound, for the taxpayer and the world’s poor. This new Commission will do just that - ensure we get best value for money."
The ICAI work plan covers core development areas such as health, education and Africa. It also addresses a wide range of topical issues including Afghanistan, corruption and climate change, as well as other important areas which are key elements of the fight against poverty.