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MPs examine foreign aid spending on education

21 November 2022

The International Development Sub-Committee takes evidence on ICAI’s review on Assessing UK aid’s results in education  In this session, members of the International Development Committee will review the report findings with representatives from Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Purpose of the Session

Education programmes funded by UK aid are mainly ambitious, well-implemented and relevant to the needs of marginalised children, particularly girls who have previously been hard-to-reach.

However, some barriers remain. One quarter of programmes targeting girls did not meet the FCDO’s expectations. It was also difficult to ascertain the scale of success globally for children with disabilities, with concern that ministerial focus on this issue had declined.

That’s the verdict of the UK’s foreign aid watchdog, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, in a report published in April which covers the UK’s portfolio of education aid programmes since 2015. ICAI reports that aid from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has reached children affected by conflict and humanitarian disasters effectively.


Wednesday 23 November, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Tarek Rouchdy, Commissioner, ICAI
  • Korina Cox, Team Leader, ICAI

Panel 2 at 10.45am

  • Alicia Herbert OBE, Director for Education, Gender and Equality, FCDO
  • Judith Herbertson, Head of Girls’ Education Department, FCDO

Further information

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