Central America:

Humanitarian Assistance to the Nicaraguan Resistance

NSIAD-91-7: Published: Nov 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1990.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Agency for International Development's (AID) management of funds provided during the third phase of humanitarian assistance to the Nicaraguan Resistance, focusing on whether AID: (1) provided only authorized assistance; and (2) established adequate procedures to administer procurements and monitor deliveries of goods, services, and payments.

GAO found that: (1) AID and its contractors generally provided only authorized types of assistance and established controls to administer procurement and monitor deliveries; (2) AID adjusted food deliveries to establish a system for maintaining reserve food supplies; (3) AID contracted for additional air support to facilitate deliveries; (4) AID and its medical contractor improved medical facilities; (5) the AID training contractor established maternal and child health care centers and expanded its training program; (6) the Resistance distributed food rations to 18 people who were ineligible for assistance; (7) the medical contractor failed to maintain adequate vaccination records; (8) AID procured some inappropriate medicines from the United States; (9) AID and its medical contractor lacked required documentation for medicines and other items purchased in Costa Rica; and (10) some Resistance members received unauthorized medical treatment.

Dec 9, 2020

Dec 2, 2020

Nov 19, 2020

Nov 9, 2020

Oct 27, 2020

Oct 2, 2020

Sep 22, 2020

Sep 15, 2020

Sep 14, 2020

Looking for more? Browse all our products here