ICAI: Suppliers deliver value for money
Yesterday the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) released its Report on DFID’s approach to its supplier market.
ICAI has granted a ‘green-amber’ score to DFID, reaffirming that DFID’s use of contracts is competitive and delivers value for the taxpayer: “the Department for International Development has developed a credible approach to enabling fair and open competition in its supplier market and to achieving value for money in its procurement.”
ICAI praises DFID’s “concerted effort to build up commercial capacity within the procurement department and beyond” and the fact that it has successfully “identified issues within its procurement practices that might inhibit competition and subsequently launched a number of initiatives to address them”.
However, the Review also identifies some areas for improvement including improving access for SMEs and local participation in the supplier market, extending open-book principles for enhanced fee transparency and improving communication about future opportunities.
CDR sees this report as an important demonstration of support for DFID's use of contracts and the value it delivers for the taxpayer. It is positive to see that DFID is making on-going investments in its capacity to improve against the areas identified in the report, which were also previously identified through the Supplier Review. We welcome ICAI's call to level the playing field in terms of access to information to all suppliers and support SMEs and local participation in DFID's supplier market.
Read the full ICAI report here
Read our summary here
Read our Executive Directors reaction in Devex article here