Foreign economic assistance (81 - 90 of 102 items)
Central America Aid: Status of the Trade Credit Insurance Program
NSIAD-86-29FS: Published: Dec 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1985.
GAO reported on the use, control, and funding of the Trade Credit Insurance Program, which the Agency for International Development (AID) and the Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) jointly administer to guarantee repayment of U.S. commercial credit to finance Central American imports of U.S. goods and services.GAO found that: (1) as of December 1985, less than 9 percent of the $300 million credit-guara...
Use of Special Presidential Authorities for Foreign Assistance
NSIAD-85-79: Published: May 20, 1985. Publicly Released: May 28, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the use of special presidential authorities to: (1) provide Department of Defense equipment and services to foreign governments in an emergency (waiver authority); (2) transfer foreign assistance funds between program accounts (transfer authority); (3) waive provisions of foreign assistance legislation (waiver authority); (4) provide Economic Suppo...
Egypt's Capacity To Absorb and Use Economic Assistance Effectively
ID-77-33: Published: Sep 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 1982.
U.S. assistance to Egypt has become a political symbol of evenhanded support among the Middle East adversaries. The economic impact of U.S. assistance depends on Egypt's development of economic reforms.The U.S. programs provide long term benefits through development projects. Short term balance-of-payment relief is provided through the Commodity Import Program and food aid. The most serious impedi...
The Caribbean Basin Initiative
121995: May 20, 1982
GAO discussed concerns arising from the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) and identified certain premises that Congress and the administration should consider before acting on proposed legislation. GAO believes that economic recovery in the region depends on solving individual national problems, involvement by each recipient country, effective coordination of CBI funds, and a legal distinction betw...
Assistance to Haiti: Barriers, Recent Program Changes, and Future Options
ID-82-13: Published: Feb 22, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1982.
GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the Agency for International Development (AID) programs in Haiti, the reasons for past project failures, the adequacy of planned corrective actions, and possible development options.After 8 years of operating in Haiti, AID is still having difficulty implementing its projects. Past projects designed to improve Haitian Government institutions have had only a limited...
U.S. Response to Jamaica's Economic Crisis
ID-80-40: Published: Jul 17, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1980.
Assistance from the Agency for International Development (AID) to Jamaica increased sharply in 1977 with balance-of-payment support and developmental aid of nearly $30 million. This increase reflected the U.S. interest in the Caribbean and a concern for the economic deterioration of a neighboring nation. Despite the efforts of the United States, Jamaica, and other donors to halt the decline, the e...
AID Must Consider Social Factors in Establishing Cooperatives in Developing Countries
ID-80-39: Published: Jul 16, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1980.
Cooperatives are seen as one way to improve the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance in developing countries by enabling the urban and rural poor to help themselves. The efforts by the Agency for International Development (AID) to foster cooperatives have not been uniformly successful. The primary reason is that AID has not adequately considered the complex political, cultural, and economic fa...
Search for Options in the Troubled Food-for-Peace Program in Zaire
ID-80-25: Published: Feb 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1980.
In 1976, because of a serious deterioration in the Zaire economy, the United States increased its food assistance to that country. The principal vehicle for this assistance was two programs under the Agricultural Trade Development Assistance Act of 1954. Title I of the Act provided for the concessional sale of agricultural commodities, while Title II authorized food donations to meet famine and ot...
Changes Needed in the Administration of the Overseas Food Donation Program
ID-79-25: Published: Oct 15, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1979.
A report assessed the performance of the U.S. food donation program abroad in terms of the congressional objectives of assisting needier countries and people and contributing to the development process. The program began under Title II of the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954. The "New Directions" foreign assistance legislation of 1973 mandates that U.S. aid be used for pro...
Legislative Changes Urged in Loan Program of the Agency for International Development
ID-76-80: Published: Jan 5, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1978.
The Loan Program of the Agency for International Development (AID) consists of foreign economic assistance lending activities; AID has been making and administering loans to foreign countries since 1961. The loans are repayable over periods of up to 40 years, including 10-year grace periods before repayment, and have variable interest rates which are generally low--some less than 1%.Since 1971, AI...