No hugely controversial rough notes this week – can you do better? Give your thoughts in the comments above.
M: The comms manager for ICAI is really struggling to get attention on the reports. He has called upon UK NGOs to support him with this particularly when the reports have positive conclusions. If we wanted to take this a step further, and perhaps its more appropriate in a separate blog we could call on the aid sector community to hold the ICAI to account in actually holding DFID to account by writing substantive reports which use real (field based) evidence and analysis.
M: Also, the Cabinet Office is currently reviewing ICAI’s role. This is part of the gvnt wide commitment to evaluate the role and governance structure of all non-departmental-public-bodies, quangos, independent institutions etc. We could call others to feed in to this process – the call for evidence may have already closed so we will need to check that first – or call upon the Cabinet Office to use this, not as an opportunity to dissolve ICAI (very unlikely), but to strengthen it.
N: Good points, M!