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Aid to Pak: 'US unable to show measurable progress in projects'

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    WASHINGTON: Questioning the impact of billions of dollars given to Pakistan in aid, an official US report has said the American government has not been able to show any measurable progress in infrastructure projects, humanitarian and social services and development of government capacity in that country.

    "It is hard to determine whether many of the programmes are being effectively implemented because USAID (US Agency for International Development), the largest contributor to the assistance programme, has not yet committed to a set of measures to assess success," it said.

    In addition, difficulties fully staffing USAID in Pakistan have made monitoring its programmes increasingly challenging, said the report released by Inspectors General for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of State and Department of Defence .

    In fiscal year 2010, Congress appropriated USD 1.5 billion for the civilian assistance strategy and since 2009 nearly USD 4 billion has been spent. Funds were intended to be used for high-impact, high-visibility infrastructure projects; humanitarian and social services; and development of government capacity.

    Thus far, 76 awards totaling nearly USD 1.4 billion have been provided to Pakistani institutions.

    During the quarter ending December 31, 2010, USAID's OIG conducted two audits in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which noted that security issues and oversight problems have impeded programme progress.

    "In addition, investigators uncovered fraud, performance issues and agreement violations committed by one implementing partner that led USAID to both terminate the award and suspend the implementing partner from receiving new US Government awards pending completion of the investigation," the report said.

    USAID has not committed to a set of performance indicators to measure the success of its programs as traditionally required for proper project management, it said.

    Aid to Pak: 'US unable to show measurable progress in projects' - The Economic Times
     
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    US aid fails to achieve goals

    WASHINGTON — The US has failed to show progress from billions of dollars in aid given to Pakistan over the past few years to help the country with basic needs like electricity, health care and education, said an inspector general’s report.
    The finding comes as some in the US have questioned the wisdom of lavishing Pakistan with military and civilian aid given the government’s reluctance to target Islamist militants based on its territory who regularly attack American troops in Afghanistan.
    The US has committed nearly $4 billion to projects in Pakistan since 2009 to help the country address critical infrastructure needs, provide basic services and improve government performance, said the report released Monday. But the largest contributor, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has not committed to a way to measure the success of its programmes, said the report, which was written by officials at USAID, the State Department and the Defense Department. “We believe that USAID has an imperative to accumulate, analyse, and report information on the results achieved under its programs,â€￾ said the report, which covered the period through Dec. 31, 2010, and came about a year after the State Department, which guides USAID, developed a strategy for providing civilian assistance to Pakistan. “One year after the launch of the civilian assistance strategy in Pakistan, USAID has not been able to demonstrate measurable progress,â€￾ it said.
    The US Embassy in Islamabad has also failed to come up with a core set of indicators to measure the success of all American development programs in Pakistan run by USAID, the State Department and the Defence Department, said the report.
    Failure to show progress could cause problems within Pakistan, where anti-American sentiment is high and many suspect US aid of simply lining the pockets of corrupt politicians rather than helping the poor. Many of Pakistan’s 180 million residents lack access to clean water and effective health care and education. The country also suffers from chronic power shortages that can last up to 18 hours a day.

    US aid fails to achieve goals | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online
     
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