Successful transition from bilateral aid programmes to broader strategic partnerships, based on shared interests, is a critical issue for the department. The review process has resulted in reflection, debate and lesson learning within DFID. The review, however, provides a partial picture of DFID’s performance. It does not fully reflect the extensive evidence provided by the department. However, DFID is fully committed to taking forward the response outlined here and is discussing this further with the ICAI Commissioners.