We are pleased to welcome Richard Gledhill, the ICAI Commissioner who led ICAI’s latest review, published on 27 September, on UK aid's contribution to tackling tax avoidance and evasion, for a discussion on the review's findings and what DFID's response has been.
The review found that DFID should have done more to consider developing countries’ needs and priorities in the global fight against tax avoidance and evasion. While the department had achieved some positive results with building capacity in partner countries to address international tax standards, it had not done enough to ensure developing country needs and priorities were taken into account, either in policy discussions with other government departments about tax, or in the international processes.
The UK aid strategy highlights tax as an area of important for DFID. The review gave DFID an ‘Amber-Red’ rating highlighting that the department did not set clear objectives for its influencing work in relation to international tax avoidance and evasion, and did not monitor its results. The review also said that DFID needed to improve how it uses evidence and learning from its in-country tax programmes.
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