The UK aid response to global health threats
While health has been a major focus of UK aid for many years, the response to and lessons from the Ebola crisis stimulated a rapid scaling up of activity and spending to address global health threats.
1. Purpose, scope and rationale
ICAI has decided to conduct a review of DFID’s contribution to improving maternal health. It will be an impact review, as this is a mature area of UK aid programming for which there is a broad range of evidence about what works. It is also an area in which DFID has set itself ambitious targets and reported significant results.
1. Purpose, scope and rationale
The purpose of this performance review is to assess the effectiveness of UK humanitarian aid to Syria. It will explore whether UK aid is being planned, managed and overseen so as to reach the intended beneficiaries and respond to their needs in a cost-effective manner. It is expected that lessons from the review will be applicable to the Department for International Development’s (DFID) management of large-scale humanitarian operations in complex and protracted crises in the future.
The UK aid strategy outlines a commitment to increasing UK aid investment on global health risks, including infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Global health threats are of increasing concern to the international community, as well as representing a challenge to British interests. The recent Ebola crisis in West Africa served to highlight the considerable risks that infectious disease epidemics pose to development.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published a report today, ‘Assessing the Impact of the Scale-up of DFID’s Support to Fragile States’.
DFID’s Contribution to the Reduction of Child Mortality in Kenya
DFID’s Contribution to the Reduction of Child Mortality in Kenya Reducing under-five child mortality is a global priority and has seen remarkable progress. Under-five mortality has fallen by 24% in Kenya since 1990 but this is less than global and regional averages and the level in Kenya remains high.
DFIDs Health Programmes in Burma
The overall rating for the programmes we examined is Green. Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a fragile state and one of the poorest states in Asia. The UK is the largest international donor to Burma. DFID has designed and delivered an appropriate health aid programme in a country where there is significant health need and where there are significant challenges of access and capacity.
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has today published a report on the Department for International Development Bilateral Aid to Pakistan, giving it a rating of Green-Amber
The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has today published a report on the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Bilateral Aid to Pakistan. The report examined whether DFID is achieving impact and value for money by assessing £250 million of its expenditure on health, education and humanitarian assistance.
Report 14 – September 2012
UK Humanitarian Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa
The ICAI report found that the Department for International Development (DFID) played a leading role in the humanitarian response, supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. DFID applied pressure to governments and other donors to act and its programmes in the field demonstrated good impact and value for money.
Over £100m has been spent by DFID on the Zimbabwean health sector since 2004, mainly on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, support to maternal health and the supply of essential medicines. In DFID’s Support to the Health Sector in Zimbabwe ICAI has found that UK funds provide critical support and have had a substantial and positive impact, most notably for those living with HIV/AIDS.
• Overall assessment: Green-Amber
• DFID’s support has been influential and has contributed to the halving of the HIV/AIDS prevalence since the 1990s.