Afghanistan Development: Agencies Could Benefit from a Shared and More Comprehensive Database on U.S. Efforts
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Congress has provided almost 20 billion for development efforts in Afghanistan since 2002 through four main programs or accounts administered by USAID, DOD, and State. These efforts are a key component of the U.S. civilian-military strategic framework focused on countering insurgents in Afghanistan. Given the volume and multifaceted nature of U.S. support for Afghan development, it is essential that agencies streamline their efforts to reduce unnecessary overlap and duplication. As such, this report examines 1 the extent to which U.S. agencies development efforts overlap, 2 the extent to which USAID and DOD s CERP may have conducted duplicative activities, and 3 the mechanisms that U.S. agencies have used to enhance coordination of their development efforts, in Afghanistan. To address these objectives, GAO analyzed data from USAID, DOD, and State on their development efforts and interviewed agency officials in Washington, D.C., and Afghanistan.
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