10 Oct 10 Oct, visit UK independent commission for aid impact
On 10 Oct 17 a delegation of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)* visited EUTM Mali to assess the UK’s contribution to the mission, particularly relating to IHL, before presenting their findings to the International Development Committee of the UK Parliament. The ICAI is an advisory non-departmental public body responsible for the scrutiny of UK aid. ICAI focuses on maximizing the impact of the UK aid budget for intended beneficiaries and getting the best value for money for the UK taxpayer.
The UK not only contributes military personal to the EUTM Mali mission, but there are two civilian International Humanitarian Law (IHL) trainers too. The UK’s Stabilisation Unit, part of the Department for International Development, also funds a series of conflict, stability and security related projects, notably those relating to Human Rights and IHL education, both of which are central to all courses delivered by the EUTM. This education includes a basic understanding of humanity, distinction, proportionality and military necessity, and a range of gender based issues. IHL is an important and popular subject and one which well-received by the Malian soldiers.