In the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review the Coalition Government announced its decision to achieve the internationally agreed target of providing 0.7 percent of Gross National Income as ODA from 2013. This will involve spending an additional 2.5 billion pounds in 2013-14 to make the total DFID budget 11.3 billion pounds in that year. There will be a large increase in spending on fragile and conflict affected states and it will be difficult to ensure that every pound is well spent in such war-torn environments. When scrutinising DFID's accounts the MPs were also surprised to discover that the Pope's visit was paid for in part by money supposed to be for overseas development aid (ODA). The Committee expects a response from the Government as to what the Ap1.85 million, transferred to the Foreign Office for the papal visit, was spent on and an explanation as to how this was ODA compliant. The Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) announced reductions in DFID's running costs to 2% of the total budget. If achieved, this would make DFID the most cost-efficient development organisation in the world.This is to be achieved by a large reduction in back office administration costs (which excludes front-line staff) of Ap34 million over the CSR period. The International Development Committee supports the proposals to make savings in back office staff, but the MPs are warning that Ministers must ensure that reduced administration budgets do not affect the ability to deliver aid programmes on the ground. While declining as a share of total costs, running costs will increase in real terms over the next four years because the total budget will rise so much.Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: International ... Do you think it would be better value for money if funding was made conditional on the research being made more accessible to the wider public? ... When Bill Gates was here, he commented on the UK being a research superpower on development, and noted how much of theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Department for International Development Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2009 - 10|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: International Development Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2011-02-03|