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The U.S. Agency for International Development planned to spend $1.14 billion helping microenterprises (businesses with under 10 employees) from 2015-2018. We reviewed USAID project evaluations and academic literature to see how this aid affected women and the very poor.
Haiti is still struggling to recover from the massive 2010 earthquake that claimed more than 200,000 lives and caused $7.8 billion in damage. A cholera epidemic, hurricanes, and other subsequent disasters have stalled progress and economic growth.
Since the earthquake, the U.S.
Millions of poor families in the developing world earn money from very small businesses. Congress requires the U.S. Agency for International Development to spend at least $265 million a year to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.
The Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have long struggled with poverty, weak governance, and insecurity. In 2014, the U.S. government introduced a strategy to increase their prosperity and strengthen governance and security.
What GAO Found As of September 30, 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had allocated $1.7 billion to the Haiti reconstruction effort, directing more than half of this funding to the health and food security sectors.
What GAO FoundAs of June 30, 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had obligated $336 million (52 percent) and disbursed $229.5 million (35 percent) of $651 million in funding for Haiti earthquake reconstruction from the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010.
What GAO FoundGAO found that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) could not demonstrate how the projects that it reported to Congress met the provisions of the 2008 directive because of three weaknesses.
From 2005 to 2010, 24 U.S. agencies provided more than $9 billion in trade capacity building (TCB) assistance to help more than 100 countries reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and achieve stability through trade. To report on TCB funding, the U.S.