The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) is an advisory Non- Departmental Public Body (aNDPB) of the Foreign Commonwealth and development Office (FCDO). ICAI was established in May 2011 and provides scrutiny of all UK government aid spending. ICAI reports on its work to Parliament through the House of Commons International Development Committee. ICAI’s formal remit is to “provide independent evaluation and scrutiny of the impact and value for money of all UK Government ODA”.
Its functions are to:
- carry out a small number of well-prioritised, well-evidenced, credible, thematic reviews on strategic issues faced by the UK Government’s aid spending;
- inform and support Parliament in its role of holding the UK Government to account; and
- ensure its work is made available to the public.
The Chief Commissioner will lead a Board of Commissioners to undertake thematic reviews on strategic issues faced by the UK Government’s aid spending, as well as expanding ICAI’s toolkit beyond reviews to include more informal ways of helping organisational learning, and how to capture best practise.
Recent reviews have examined UK aid’s work in education with a focus on girls’ education, safeguarding in the humanitarian sector, the UK Aid response to COVID-19, and tackling Fraud in the Aid sector.
The Board is currently supported by a contracted service provider and a secretariat of civil servants. The future delivery model is yet to be agreed but will likely still include a supplier to support the secretariat.
ICAI’s work programme is developed and agreed by a Sub-Committee of the House of Commons International Development Select Committee. This Sub Committee is focused on the work of ICAI and takes evidence from ICAI and Government departments on ICAI reports.