UK Development Agency welcomes new focus on results and greater efficiency
DFID released summary MAR Update reports on 24 agencies last Thursday, 18 July 2013. Eighteen more will be published later this year. Each report shows how well DFID thinks agencies have addressed weaknesses identified by their original MAR in 2011. FAO and 11 other agencies have made "reasonable progress" since 2011 according to DFID, whilst 12 have made "some progress".
The DFID's MAR Update report on FAO comes just over two years after DFID's Multilateral Aid Review (MAR) which rated FAO "poor value for money" for the British taxpayer.
The report recognizes that large-scale organizational change can involve tough choices: "Management is committed to changing the organization to improve performance and has taken some difficult decisions, including in human resource management. This represents significant change in FAO and is helping to create a renewed culture, with a greater focus on results".