Effectiveness of UK aid: potential impact of FCO/DFID merger Contents



1 Introduction

2 Process of the merger

Overview of steps towards integration

The Government’s Integrated Review of International Policy

Joint ministerial teams

Aligning operations in overseas posts

Managing the transition to a new merged overseas department

Timing of announcement


Planning for the merger

Lessons from overseas counterparts

Administration of development assistance elsewhere in the world

Making the right choice

Integration of overseas development and foreign affairs - what can the UK learn?

3 Maintaining the effectiveness of UK aid

Maintaining a focus on poverty reduction

Poverty reduction is in the UK’s national interest

Keeping a strong rules-based backbone to UK aid

Ensuring political leadership on poverty reduction

Maintaining the quality and transparency of UK aid

Maintaining long term and locally led programmes

Maintaining development expertise


Multilateral spending

4 Scrutiny arrangements

Ensuring oversight of the totality of ODA spending

Select committee oversight

Independent Commission for Aid Impact

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 16 July 2020