Audit of USAID Country and Regional Development Cooperation Strategies

Recommendations

Recommendation 1

USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning, as part of its next planned country development cooperation strategy policy revision, survey relevant Washington and mission staff to find ways to streamline the process to address these issues, and make sure these changes are written into the updated policy.

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Recommendation 2

USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning work with relevant Washington staff to develop a written process and plan for reviewing and commenting on country development cooperation strategies, and set deadlines for getting feedback.

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Recommendation 3

USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning define, track, and update regularly the complete list of USAID countries and regional missions and maintain a list of those granted exemptions from having country development cooperation strategies.

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Recommendation 4

USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning revise policy to include documentation required to exempt a mission from having a country development cooperation strategy, as well as verification, approval, and tracking procedures.

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Recommendation 5

USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning coordinate with the Administrator and Office of Budget Resources and Management to determine how to increase the focus on local priorities considering budgetary constraints, and document the results.

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Recommendation 6

USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning revise policy to clarify how local priorities and budget are weighted and to what extent the country development cooperation strategy should reflect these needs, and include guidance on increasing focus on local priorities, as needed, based on its coordination efforts with the Administrator and Office of Budget Resources and Management.

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