Asked by Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Tooting)
Asked on: 16 November 2016
Department for International Development

“To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that her Department achieves value for money in its investment in education.”


Answered by: James Wharton
Answered on: 22 November 2016

For all bilateral education investments, we have developed a range of value for money metrics which track key cost drivers. Where applicable, we use a ‘Payment By Results’ approach which means that programmes such as the Girls’ Education Challenge must demonstrate significant learning improvements for its beneficiaries in order to receive full funding.

Alongside this, our funding for research projects is building up an evidence base of ‘what works’ to help guarantee that DFID education investments are smart and well-targeted. Scrutiny from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact also ensures that all DFID education investments are as economic, efficient and cost-effective as possible.

In line with our UK Aid Strategy, we have reviewed all existing spending and have ended projects which are not delivering value for money.