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From 2014 through 2018, the U.S. and other donors spent an estimated $75 billion on global food security assistance. This included, for example, supplying seeds and fertilizer, providing food to crisis-affected people, addressing nutrient deficiencies, and providing school meals.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
Some countries in Central America have struggled with high levels of poverty and unemployment, fragile political and judicial systems, widespread drug trafficking and violence, and high homicide rates. The region has become a significant source of migration to the U.S.
Over 20 U.S. agencies provide foreign assistance for activities ranging from promoting democracy and better health to building the capacity of local security forces.
We looked at 52 strategies used by the 6 agencies that provide most foreign assistance and found they had well-defined goals.
The U.S. belongs to several multilateral organizations of North and South American countries, the largest of which is the Organization of American States.
In a report on which this testimony is based, we found that the U.S.
Is the federal government monitoring its foreign aid funds?
The United States plans to spend more than $34 billion on foreign assistance in 2017 to improve health, support democracy, and achieve other U.S. foreign policy goals.