CDR response to IDC's report on Contractors
The IDC today released its report into DFID’s use of contractors. The report focused on improving DFID’s procurement, oversight and evaluation processes to drive effectiveness and value for money.
Our Executive Director, Jessica Toale released the following statement:
“We welcome the Committee’s report and its recognition that “contractors can act as an effective channel for aid.” We note comments about contractors’ conduct, and CDR stands ready to engage with DFID’s Supplier Review to ensure contractors’ behaviour is exemplary and always delivers value for money for the British taxpayer.”
CDR members are actively focused on raising standards and improving impact, value for money and accountability in their work. We are already working collectively to determine how to support SMEs, improve the contracting process and encourage best practice adherence to DFID’s Statement of Priorities and Expectations.
This report recognises that contractors can be an effective channel of aid delivery, and we are committed to enhancing our impact. CDR made a submission to the Committee’s inquiry calling for DFID to develop a more coherent strategy for engaging with contractors. It is our belief that a more open and consultative relationship between DFID and its partners would help design the solutions needed for DFID to meet its commercial and development objectives, whilst also raising industry standards.
CDR would welcome greater engagement with DFID to constructively address the concerns raised in the IDC’s report and stands ready to work with the Department on its Supplier Review.