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Arthur Baker was a research associate for CGD Europe. Before joining CGD, he worked with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Evidence Action, running large scale randomised evaluations in Sierra Leone and Kenya. As a senior research associate and later the research coordinator for IPA Sierra Leone, Baker managed several projects, including studies on primary and general election debates in Sierra Leone, and an evaluation of Ebola recovery work in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. He also developed new projects and worked on capacity building. He has a BAEcon Politics degree from the University of Manchester and a Graduate Certificate in Economics from Birkbeck University.
This paper analyses the grades awarded in the 65 primary reviews undertaken by the UK Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) over its first eight years of operation, from 2011 to 2018. It finds that ICAI has directly evaluated £28bn of UK aid over the period. Around four-fifths of spend assessed was graded as “satisfactory” (amber/green) or “strong” (green). The findings from ICAI reviews, and this report, should inform the UK Government’s aid allocations between departments at the forthcoming spending review.
This paper discusses the United Kingdom’s foreign aid quality based on an updated assessment of the Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) published by the Center for Global Development. We find UK aid quality has decreased from 2012 to 2016 and now ranks 15th out of the 27 countries assessed.