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Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of British aid. (92945)

The effectiveness of British aid is assessed against the targets set out in DFID’s public service agreement and in DFID’s efficiency programme, which cover the period 2005-08. The most recent assessment is contained in the departmental report 2006, which was published in May. The next assessment will be contained in DFID’s autumn performance report, which will be published in December. All DFID projects and programmes over £1 million in value are reviewed annually. Currently, 74 per cent. of those projects are judged to be largely or wholly meeting their objectives. DFID also has a framework for monitoring the effectiveness of our contributions to multilateral agencies, and a programme of independent evaluations of major policies and country programmes.