Afghan Women: Comprehensive Assessments Needed to Determine and Measure DOD, State, and USAID Progress
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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WHAT SIGAR REVIEWED. Since 2001, the U.S. government has made improving the lives of Afghan women and girls a priority and has solidified its commitment through the U.S. Embassy Kabul Gender Strategy funding designated for Afghan women and programming to support this vulnerable group. However, despite reported improvements in conditions for Afghan women, U.S. agencies, the Congress, nongovernmental organizations, and members of Afghan civil society have expressed concerns that Afghan women still face challenges and that gains made since 2001 may be difficult to sustain. This audit followed up on SIGAR s 2010 report on U.S. funding designated for Afghan women. Its objectives were to 1 evaluate the extent to which the Department of Defense DOD, Department of State State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID can identify and track U.S. funding and efforts to support Afghan women implemented from fiscal years 2011 through 2013 2 determine the extent to which U.S. agency coordination has improved since SIGAR s 2010 report and 3 evaluate the extent to which DOD, State, and USAID have assessed the overall impact of their efforts to support Afghan women, and are prepared to do so beyond 2014, in view of current and future challenges.
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