For fiscal 2012, U.S. development assistance in at least 20 countries will be cut by more than half, including 11 countries where all U.S. bilateral development aid has been eliminated, according to U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah.
Shah made the remarks during a March 30 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on State and foreign operations.
The Obama administration’s foreign affairs funding request for fiscal 2012 will also reallocate almost $400 million in assistance and shift 30 foreign service positions toward priority countries and initiatives, Shah said. USAID missions in three countries will also be terminated, he added.
In January, USAID unveiled procurement and evaluation reforms to help ensure that scarce U.S. funding is spent wisely amid calls by House Republicans to slash U.S. overseas aid spending.
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