The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says that the U.K. Department for International Development has positioned itself as a leader in international development because of its consistent political leadership, strong human and financial capacities, and continued commitment to reach the 2013 target of allocating 0.7 percent of its gross national income to official development assistance.
In a peer review report, OECD’s Development Assistance Committee urged the U.K. to continue its focus on poverty reduction and further bolster its whole-of-government approach to development. DAC underscored results, value for money, transparency and accountability as key areas where the U.K. will need to focus to improve the delivery of aid.
The report recommends that DfID bolster the capacity of its partner governments, strengthen the transparency of all U.K. aid, and disseminate information on the impact of British development assistance to the public. DAC called on the U.K. to avoid “introducing further sector and thematic spending targets” since these targets undermine DfID’s ability to align with partner country priorities.
The U.K. government is vigorously pursuing the reform agenda proposed by DAC.
“DFID has accepted the recommendations made in the UK’s DAC Peer Review Report and is already taking action to ensure greater accountability, transparency, value for money, and development results from all UK aid spending,” the U.K. aid agency said in a release.
The British government in June announced two initiatives aimed at improving its aid transparency: the creation of an independent aid watchdog and the government’s commitment to an aid transparency guarantee.
The U.K. Aid Transparency Guarantee entails publishing comprehensive, accessible, comparable, accurate and timely information on DfID programs. The watchdog will gather evidence on the effectiveness of DfID schemes.