Wednesday, August 05, 2009

USAID Needs Leadership and Funding

An article in today's Washington Post mentions that as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton begins a trip to Africa, U.S. foreign aid agency USAID (United States Agency for International Development) commences its seventh month without a permanent director. While USAID's staff has been shrinking, its costs have been growing: USAID's full-time staff decreased by 40 percent over the past 20 years, but the assistance it oversees doubled, to $13.2 billion in 2008. President Obama has proposed more U.S. funding for foreign assistance, but some frustrated USAID employees are still asking when they will be getting leadership for their organization.

I thought it would interesting to pull up some fairly current USAID assessments by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Government Accountability Office (GAO):

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