With recent leadership changes at the U.K. Department for International Development, the future of U.K. aid is under increasing scrutiny. The department is under more pressure than ever to show it is providing taxpayers with value for money. Part of that has involved a transformation of its procurement and commercial practices over the past few years.
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The reforms promised to boost competition for DFID contracts, to bring more value for money, and to enhance their supply base through increased transparency, accountability, and competition. However, some contractors have complained that the added burden is squeezing profits and pushing smaller firms out of the market.