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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.
U.S. government personnel at U.S. embassies and consulates continue to face security threats. During fiscal years 2013-2016, the State Department evacuated staff and their families from 23 overseas posts in response to threats, such as terrorism, civil unrest, and natural disasters.
What GAO Found Indonesia. In 2014, China's imports from, and exports to, Indonesia exceeded the United States' (see figure). The United States and China compete more often with other countries than with each other in goods exported to Indonesia and win contracts in different sectors.
View Chinese version of Highlights (PDF, 1 page). What GAO Found China has surpassed the United States in goods trade with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and trades a similar amount of services, but U.S. investment exceeds reported Chinese investment.
What GAO Found The United States' African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has differences from and similarities to 26 trade preference programs offered by other developed and developing countries in three key areas that can affect program performance in increasing and diversifying trade.