Magazine article Public Finance

DfID Aid Monitoring 'Inadequate', Says NAO

Magazine article Public Finance

DfID Aid Monitoring 'Inadequate', Says NAO

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The Department for International Development is not capable of monitoring the effectiveness and use of up to £328m of aid channelled through charities and community organisations, the National Audit Office has warned.

In its report, Working with nongovernmental organisations and other civil society organisations to promote development, the NAO examined a sample of 59 DfID-funded development projects with civil society organisations in developing countries.

The watchdog found that 80% of projects were 'largely, although not fully' successful in achieving their objectives. However, poor objective setting and monitoring by DfID meant that it was not always clear how individual projects contributed to the overall aim of reducing poverty.

Edward Leigh, chair of the Commons' Public Accounts Committee, said DflD's commitment to working with CSOs was 'to their credit'. …

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