What Counts?

Interesting post on NORRAG by David Levesque, Independent Education Adviser.

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By David Levesque, Independent Education Adviser.

Accountability, value for money and results are central priorities for the current UK government. But applied to education and development what are the implications,  where does the balance lie, whose accountability matters, how it is measured, and what are the costs and outcomes?

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Accountability to the British tax payer is a constant UK Government refrain.  In a time of austerity the Department For International Development (DFID) has been given an increased budget and ministers must be able to justify money spent on development. Without evidence that can easily be understood both in terms of policies (countries and sectors) and results, allocations are seen as vulnerable.  It has therefore become a pre-condition of all DFID funding.

Additional accountability structures have been introduced through the Independent Committee for Aid Impact (ICAI) which is charged with reviewing DFID policies and spending.  Oversight is also provided through the…

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