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Lack of Joined-Up Thinking on Aid, Says NAO

Magazine article Public Finance

Lack of Joined-Up Thinking on Aid, Says NAO

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Government departments have been urged to improve the way they work together to meet crucial international targets, including those designed to reduce global poverty and international conflict.

A report by the National Audit Office, published on October 14, claims that progress against such targets has been 'mixed'. It details examples of how joint working by Whitehall departments and government agencies has failed.

These include inconsistent reporting of progress against a target on international debt relief between 2001 and 2004. The Treasury reported that the target had been 'met', while the Department for International Development reported being 'below' the same benchmark.

Other targets involving two or more departments, such as those relating to the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, were criticised by auditors as poorly defined. …

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