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Economic Support Fund for the Western Hemisphere

The Economic Support Fund programs of the Department of State in the Western Hemisphere region work to strengthen democratic institutions, civil society, and trade capacity building, to aid in the resolution of regional conflicts, and to assist nations faced with difficult economic and political crises.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The expansion of democratic, constitutional governments in the Western Hemisphere region since 1980 indicates that the program is achieving some of its long term goals. Results in the areas of economic growth and reducing vulnerability to economic and political instability, its other goals, have not yet been demonstrated.
  • The program has clear long-term targets for reducing corruption, expanding basic freedoms, and improving economic conditions, while also maintaining the ability to respond to new and unforeseen economic and political developments in the region.
  • The program's primary weakness has been its inability to set meaningful annual performance goals that can guide resource allocation and help set priorities for limited funding.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Improving coordination between State Department and Agency for International Development in the Western Hemisphere in increase effectiveness and accountability for results.
  • Applying the Western Hemisphere's model of developing ambitious long-term targets to the remaining regional bureaus.
  • Analyzing results and performance data to more clearly inform the development of budgets for the region, subsequent budget justifications, and public reports.

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