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U.S. – United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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19_F_US USAID

OVERVIEW

Have they met the Busan commitment on aid transparency? No.

USAID is the lead development agency in the U.S. and is the largest bilateral aid agency in the world. It works to end extreme poverty in over 100 countries.

ANALYSIS

Achievements and progress
  • USAID scores 59.1% placing it just outside of the ‘good’ category where it ranked in 2015. This does, however, represent an 18% points increase relative to the 2014 Index.
  • USAID publishes a complete organisation file to the IATI Registry. Since the 2015 U.S. Aid Transparency Review, actual dates for development activities have been added to the IATI Registry.
  • In July 2015, USAID published a four-part Cost Management Plan with the specific goal of improving the quality of its IATI data, as well as streamlining internal reporting procedures.
Challenges and room for improvement
  • A total of eleven activity-level indicators are not published to the IATI Registry.
  • USAID does not publish any activity performance data or any budgetary information for its development activities.
  • Data quality on basic and mandatory information for activities published to the IATI Registry remains an issue.
  • For all U.S. agencies, aid data is published only quarterly to the IATI Registry.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • USAID should ensure the quality of the information published to the IATI Registry, integrate its publications into its Development Information Systems and aim for monthly publication to the IATI Registry.
  • USAID should publish more comprehensive data on its development activities, including budgetary information.
  • USAID should develop a plan for the internal use of its IATI data and plan for systematic outreach to stakeholders and local partners to use the data, drawing upon the recommendations of USAID’s Aid Transparency Country Pilot Assessment.

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DONOR PROFILE

2016 Index Score:

Fair

59.1%

2014 Index Score:

Fair

40.3%

2013 Index Score:

Fair

44.3%


First published to IATI:

January 2013



INDICATOR SCORING

TOTAL

59.1%

SECTION A

COMMITMENT TO
AID TRANSPARENCY:

6.58/10

SECTION B

PUBLICATION
ORGANISATION LEVEL:

21.49/25

SECTION C

PUBLICATION
ACTIVITY LEVEL:

31.07/65

Commitment

1. FOIA

2. Implementation Schedules

3. Accessibility

Planning

Planning

Financial

Financial

4. Organisation Strategy

5. Annual Report

6. Allocation Policy

7. Procurement Policy

Basic

Classifications

Financial

Performance

12. Implementer

13. Unique ID

14. Title

15. Description

16. Planned Dates

17. Actual Dates

18. Current Status

19. Contact Details