Agencies Could Benefit from a Shared and More Comprehensive Database on U.S. Efforts

November 7, 2012

The four main U.S. agency Afghan development programs and accounts have similar goals and activities and hence overlap to some degree. In fiscal year 2011, the Economic Support Fund  and other smaller accounts administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Commander's Emergency Response Program ,administered by the Department of Defense, funded similar activities related to agriculture; democracy and governance; education and health; energy and electricity; economic growth; and transportation. Both funded activities in 33 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces and in 249 of Afghanistan's 399 districts. The Task Force for Business and Stability Operations , administered by DOD, and the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund, administered by DOD and the Department of State, also funded efforts in some of the same categories of assistance as ESF and CERP in fiscal year 2011. According to agency officials, these overlapping development efforts can be beneficial, provided that agencies leverage their respective expertise and coordinate efforts.

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