Strategic planning (41 - 50 of 51 items)
Southeast Asia: Better Human Rights Reviews and Strategic Planning Needed for U.S. Assistance to Foreign Security Forces
GAO-05-793: Published: Jul 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2005.
The executive branch has bolstered assistance to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand to contribute to U.S. foreign policy and security goals. To further human rights goals, Congress restricts certain security assistance funds from being provided to any units of foreign security forces when credible evidence exists that units have committed gross violations of human rights. GAO (1) describes t...
Afghanistan Reconstruction: Despite Some Progress, Deteriorating Security and Other Obstacles Continue to Threaten Achievement of U.S. Goals
GAO-05-742: Published: Jul 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2005.
In October 2001, coalition forces forcibly removed the Taliban regime from Afghanistan, responding to their protection of al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the United States. Congress subsequently passed the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002 authorizing funds to help Afghanistan rebuild a stable, democratic society. The act directed GAO to monitor the implementation of U.S. humanitarian, deve...
Foreign Assistance: U.S. Trade Capacity Building Extensive, but Its Effectiveness Has Yet to Be Evaluated
GAO-05-150: Published: Feb 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2005.
Many developing countries have expressed concern about their inability to take advantage of global trading opportunities. The United States considers this ability a key factor in reducing poverty, achieving economic growth, raising income levels, and promoting stability. U.S. trade capacity building assistance is designed to address these concerns. GAO (1) identified the nature and extent of U.S....
Drug Control: U.S. Nonmilitary Assistance to Colombia Is Beginning to Show Intended Results, but Programs Are Not Readily Sustainable
GAO-04-726: Published: Jul 2, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2004.
Since 2000, the U.S. government has provided a total of $3.3 billion to Colombia, making it the fifth largest recipient of U.S. assistance. Part of this funding has gone toward nonmilitary assistance to Colombia, including programs to (1) promote legitimate economic alternatives to coca and opium poppy; (2) assist Colombia's vulnerable groups, particularly internally displaced persons; and (3) str...
Foreign Assistance: Sustained Efforts Needed to Help Southern Africa Recover from Food Crisis
GAO-03-644: Published: Jun 25, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2003.
The southern Africa food crisis threatened 15.3 million people in six countries (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) with famine. GAO was asked to look at (1) factors that contributed to the crisis, (2) how well the populations' needs were met, (3) obstacles to the food aid effort, and (4) challenges to emerging from crisis.Multiple factors contributed to the food crisis...
Foreign Assistance: U.S. Democracy Programs in Six Latin American Countries Have Yielded Modest Results
GAO-03-358: Published: Mar 18, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2003.
Supporting democracy abroad is a major U.S. foreign policy objective. To better understand how this assistance has been implemented in Latin America, GAO was asked to review programs in six countries--Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru--that have been of particular importance to U.S. interests in Central and South America. Between fiscal years 1992 and 2002, U.S. agenci...
Export Promotion: Issues for Assessing the Governmentwide Strategy
T-NSIAD-98-105: Published: Feb 26, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1998.
GAO discussed issues related to the U.S. government's role in promoting exports, focusing on the: (1) evolution of the government strategy designed to reshape federal export promotion activities; and (2) results and issues related to GAO's past work on U.S. government efforts to improve U.S. export promotion programs.GAO noted that: (1) Congress, in enacting the Export Enhancement Act of 1992, req...
Foreign Affairs: Perspectives on Foreign Affairs Programs and Structures
NSIAD-97-6: Published: Nov 8, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1996.
GAO summarized the views presented at its 1996 conference on foreign affairs issues, focusing on the: (1) changed environment for foreign policy; (2) influence and impact of U.S. programs; (3) role of multilateral institutions; (4) world trade interests of the United States; and (5) structure of the U.S. foreign affairs apparatus.GAO found that: (1) a central theme that emerged from the 2 days of...
National Export Strategy
NSIAD-96-132R: Published: Mar 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee's (TPCC) progress toward establishing a govermentwide strategy for promoting U.S. exports. GAO noted that: (1) TPCC continues to identify U.S. export promotion priorities in terms of export markets, programs, and policies; (2) TPCC uses the Department of Commerce's Big Emerging Markets strategy to prioriti...
International Affairs Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-97
IAP-95-5: Published: Mar 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its International Affairs issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 through 1997, focusing on how: (1) the government is adapting to post-Cold War budget realities; (2) functions and activities are meeting essential U.S. interests; and (3) functions and activities can be managed at the least cost to the taxpayer.GAO plans to: (1) determine the compatibility of foreign affai...