Increased Management Action Needed To Help TDP Meet Its Objectives

ID-81-20: Published: Jan 6, 1981. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 1981.

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GAO reviewed the International Development Cooperation Agency (IDCA) Trade and Development Program (TDP) to assess TDP effectiveness in achieving its dual objectives to foster development overseas and to promote U.S. exports of technology and services for development projects.

GAO found that: (1) with available data it is difficult to demonstrate the extent to which TDP has contributed to development in developing countries or to increased U.S. exports; (2) more systematic data collection and evaluation procedures are required; (3) coordination between TDP and other trade and development agencies requires strengthening; and (4) TDP personnel problems could affect program effectiveness. If TDP is to achieve its objectives, increased management attention should be focused on solving these problems. Future funding may be made contingent upon whether TDP proves that it is meeting its objectives and is operating effectively.

Recommendation for Executive Action

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    Recommendation: The Director of TDP should (1) develop an effective system to routinely collect, organize, and analyze data to assess TDP activity results; (2) establish, as a part of the system above and with the assistance of the AID Bureau of Program Management and Services, an efficient and comprehensive filing/documentation system that meets all Federal requirements, so TDP officials can better monitor program activities; (3) establish closer working relationships with other U.S. development and trade agencies to better promote U.S. trade and to meet the needs of all developing countries; and (4) fill attache positions as quickly as possible and institute procedures to insure that personnel selected for professional positions will have adequate backgrounds in both trade and development.

    Agency Affected: United States International Development Cooperation Agency


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