House oversight committee members zero in on USAID implemention, procurement reforms

By Ivy Mungcal 26 April 2012

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah. Photo by: NASA / CC BY-NC

The U.S. Agency for International Development appears to be in for a tough time defending its pursuit of country-led development: Three Republican congressmen are demanding assurances that channeling more aid through country systems will not compromise accountability, transparency and effectiveness.

In a letter to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, the chair and two members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressed concern that “funneling grants directly to unaccountable and often corrupt foreign governments without necessary safeguards will reduce program effectiveness, accountability, and transparency and waste taxpayer dollars.”

Republican Reps. Darrell Issa of California, Jason Chafettz of Utah and James Lankord of Oklahoma have given USAID until May 8 to explain in detail its plans to channel more aid directly to recipient governments and non-U.S. organizations.

Questions raised by three congressmen include:

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Ivy Mungcal

As senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributes to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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