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Assistance to Transforming Countries

This program, which is jointly managed by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, assists Transforming countries in creating an environment that nurtures good governance and sustainable economic growth through grants and technical 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 has effectively focused its resources. Foreign assistance is targeted towards specific problems that Transforming Countries must address in order to progress 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 measures. These measures monitor the impact of assistance programs and the overall progress of Transforming Countries toward graduating from U.S. Government assistance. The Transforming Country program regularly achieves, and often exceeds, its performance targets.
  • 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 future budget requests.
  • Develop targets for the efficiency measure and develop a method to identify cost savings or efficiencies from meeting future targets.

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