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Plan International USA Applauds New Legislation to Improve Effectiveness of US Foreign Assistance

Plan International USA applauds Congress for providing final passage last night for the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). This legislation, sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), puts in place important reforms to ensure U.S. agencies involved in foreign assistance are doing rigorous and consistent monitoring and evaluation, and are making comprehensive, timely, and comparable aid data publicly available.

Specifically, the legislation does the following:

  • Requires the President of the United States to establish and implement uniform monitoring and evaluation guidelines – with measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans – across U.S. international development and economic assistance programs.
  • Requires the Secretary of State to ensure the website contains detailed information regarding U.S. foreign assistance on a program-by-program and country-by-country basis and is updated quarterly.
  • Requires analysis be undertaken by the Government Accountability Office to inform Congress on relevant agencies’ adherence to these benchmarks.

Plan International USA President/CEO, Dr. Tessie San Martin said, “The legislation promotes important practices like impact and ex-post evaluations, which help identify programs with lasting results. That’s key to ensuring our scarce foreign assistance dollars are used efficiently and effectively.”

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