Too often the discussion about public spending is about how much is spent, not whether it is spent usefully. But as the UK’s foreign aid spending watchdog, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) focuses specifically on how well public money is spent.
This event was an opportunity to discuss what we can learn from ICAI about the value of independent scrutiny of public spending, and how this model can be applied to other sectors.
Dr Tamsyn Barton, ICAI Chief Commissioner opened the event with a short presentation on ICAI’s work over the last four years and plans for the next four. She joined a panel discussion, with:
- Paul Scully MP, Chair of the ICAI sub-committee of the International Development Committee
- Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development
- Martin Wheatley, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.
The event was chaired by Hannah White, Deputy Director at the Institute for Government.
There was an opportunity for audience questions.
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Too often the discussion about public spending is about how much is spent, not whether it is spent usefully.