Helping to Improve Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Sustainability of U.S. Foreign Assistance Programs

Foreign Assistance
Sri Lankan Artisan (Credit: Danielle Wilkins, IESC)


U.S. foreign assistance programs aim to eradicate extreme poverty around the world and support developing countries’ efforts to become self-reliant. This support cuts across many sectors: education, health and family planning, food security, infrastructure, and governance. Office of Inspector General audits and investigations have identified challenges that USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation face in implementing foreign assistance programs and offered recommendations for improvement. USAID has taken many actions in response to our observations and recommendations, including working with other U.S. Government agencies to reconcile priorities, developing indicators to track local ownership for sustained results, and updating its planning and monitoring policy.

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