Who Monitors Aid?
UK government spending is monitored by the cross party select committee International Development Committee. Its remit is to scrutinise the spending, administration and policies of the FCDO and also to monitor the expenditure of Official Development Assistance ODA by other government departments. Also to take forward the work of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact ICAI which is done by a subcommittee of IDC.With the creation of the new Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office in September 2020 (an amalgamation of FCO and Dfid) the government had intended to disband the IDC and subsume its work under the Foreign Affairs Committee. After intense lobbying by mp’s, NGO's and the general public it was forced to retain it.
There are currently eleven members of the IDC:
Sarah Champion mp (labour) for Rotherham Chair
Theo Clarke mp (con)
Mrs Pauline Latham mp (con)
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger mp (con)
Kate Osamor mp (labour)
Mr Virendra Sharma mp (labour)
Mr Richard Bacon mp (con)
Brendan Clarke-Smith mp con
Chris Law mp Scottish National Party
Navendu Mishra mp (labour)
Dr Dan Poulter mp (con) Reports by the IDC
The IDC is an investigative rather than a legislative committee.
It sets its own programme for inquiries.
If you wish to receive press releases from the committee please email email@example.com.
The IDC website is www.parliament.uk/indcom which will guide you to current reports.
John Bew Report
The Integrated review of security, defence, development and foreign policy will be out in spring 2021. Many have said it would have been wise to wait for this report before embarking on such radical changes and cuts to aid.