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DFID's use of contractors evidence session


In May 2013 ICAI gave DFID a Green-Amber rating for its use of contractors, finding that "contractors are an effective option for delivering aid" and that DFID "has selected contractors that have delivered positive results at competitive fee rates." However, over the last few years there has also been heavy criticism of DFID's use of for-profit private organisations to deliver aid programmes, due to rising profits and high salaries within the organisations used.

The International Development Committee is inquiring into all aspects of DFID's use of contractors. In particular focusing on the costs and advantages of DFID using large contractors, as opposed to managing programmes itself, via NGOs and other community-based organisations, or through multilateral partners.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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1st Special Report - DFID’s use of private sector contractors: Government Response to the Committee’s Eighth Report of Session 2016–17
Inquiry DFID's use of contractors evidence session
HC 322
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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6 June 2016
Inquiry DFID's use of contractors evidence session
Witnesses Ian Birrell, Contributing Editor, The Mail on Sunday, and Claire Provost, Fellow, Centre for Investigative Journalism; Peter Young, Director, Adam Smith International, Sarah Maguire, Director of Technical Services, Governance, DAI Europe, and Mark Foster, ex-Commissioner, Independent Commission for Aid Impact (at 3.45pm).
Oral Evidence
Adam Smith International (Annex A) (CON0042)
Claire Provost (CON0041)
Dr.M.A.Ashraf and R.Athreya,AIC (CON0032)

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