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Assistance to Developing Countries

This program, which is jointly managed by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, addresses low per capita income, marginal economic performance, weak government policy performance, corruption, and nascent political rights in Developing countries through grants and financial assistance.


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 program effectively focuses its resources. Assistance is targeted towards specific problems that Developing Countries must address in order to progress to the next country category and toward the overarching goal of graduating from U.S. development assistance. The program design ensures that there is no duplication of effort within the U.S. Government and with international donors.
  • The program has set ambitious targets for its long-term and annual performance measures. These measures monitor the impact of assistance programs and the progress of Developing Countries towards graduating from U.S. Government assistance. Most of the indicators are new in 2007, but the program has demonstrated results on comparable indicators from prior years.
  • The program has in place a number of initiatives to improve cost effectiveness, achieve greater efficiencies, and directly align resources to program goals. The program has identified a baseline efficiency measure based on a current average operating ratio, but is not yet able to demonstrate improved efficiencies or cost effectiveness.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

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

  • Identify and track intermediate indicators at the operating unit level that assess whether the program is on track to meet longer-term targets.
  • Ensure that performance on measures is factored into the decision-making process and presentation of budget requests.
  • Ensure targets for the efficiency measure are directly linked to attaining cost savings or specific efficiency improvements.

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