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UK – Department for International Development (DFID)

Very good

4_VG_UK DFID

OVERVIEW

Have they met the Busan commitment on aid transparency? Yes.

The Department for International Development (DFID) is the main bilateral aid agency in the UK. It leads on setting the country’s development assistance policy and jointly administers the partially ODA-funded Conflict Pool with FCO and MOD. DFID was the first donor to publish to IATI in January 2011 and is still a leading member in the IATI community, especially within the IATI Technical Advisory Group.

ANALYSIS

Achievements and progress
  • DFID has consolidated its position in the ‘very good’ category with the exact same score as in 2014 despite slipping from 2nd to
  • 4th place and is the second highest ranking bilateral donor.

  • DFID publishes all indicators to IATI. Current disaggregated budgets could not be found on the IATI Registry at the time of review.
  • DFID is the best publisher of activity-level financial information and the joint best publisher of organisational planning information. In 2016, it has published a three-year forward-looking organisation budget for the first time.
  • DFID is one of the few organisations publishing the budget identifier, which aims to help align information on development flows with recipient country budget classifications.
Challenges and room for improvement
  • The quality and breadth of publication of a number of activity-level indicators are challenging DFIDs transparency efforts. In particular, priority should be given to improving the coverage of Memoranda of Understanding, sub-national locations, contracts, tenders and results data.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • DFID should work with other UK government aid-spending departments to help them publish to IATI or improve their existing publication. This is especially important in light of the UK aid strategy until 2020 highlighting the growing role of other departments in managing aid funds.
  • It should raise its ambition and improve the quality and breadth of its IATI data, particularly at the activity-level paying specific attention to related-documents and results data.
  • It should realise the benefits of its transparency efforts and develop a strategy for others, including external partners and stakeholders, to use the data in particular at country level.

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DONOR PROFILE

2016 Index Score:

Very good

88.3%

2014 Index Score:

Very Good

88.3%

2013 Index Score:

Very Good

83.5%


First published to IATI:

January 2011



INDICATOR SCORING

TOTAL

88.3%

SECTION A

COMMITMENT TO
AID TRANSPARENCY:

9.59/10

SECTION B

PUBLICATION
ORGANISATION LEVEL:

20.84/25

SECTION C

PUBLICATION
ACTIVITY LEVEL:

57.90/65

Commitment

1. FOIA

2. Implementation Schedules

3. Accessibility

Planning

Planning

Financial

Financial

4. Organisation Strategy

5. Annual Report

6. Allocation Policy

7. Procurement Policy

Basic

Classifications

Financial

Performance

12. Implementer

13. Unique ID

14. Title

15. Description

16. Planned Dates

17. Actual Dates

18. Current Status

19. Contact Details