The U.S. Agency for International Development has praised a report by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee, highlighting its achievements in promoting public-private partnerships and monitoring & evaluation as it continues to convince lawmakers not to cut funding for foreign aid.
“We are gratified that the review concludes that the United States has made significant progress since the 2006 review in areas critical to efficient and cost-effective foreign assistance,” says USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg.
The year-long review looked into the U.S. government’s policies and programs to promote international development, respond to humanitarian emergencies, and strengthen transitional and post-conflict nations. It was conducted by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee, whose chair, J. Brian Atwood, has served as USAID administrator.
The DAC review also acknowledges the U.S.’s generosity in responding to humanitarian emergencies around the world. It, however, notes that private contributions exceed that of the government, and that U.S. official development assistance is still well below the DAC country average of 0.32 percent.
The report recommends to strengthen and consolidate the U.S. government’s humanitarian policy for it to be able to respond in a coherent and consistent way.