Accession Number : ADA304922

Title :   Foreign Assistance: Private Voluntary Organizations' Contributions and Limitations.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

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Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : In response to budget constraints and concerns about effectiveness, major donors, including the United States, are reassessing their foreign aid programs and strategies. The method of delivery is one of the prime areas being reexamined. While most U.S. foreign aid is still delivered on a government-to-government basis, the current administration has pledged to increase the percentage of U.S. assistance being channeled through nongovernmental organizations over the next 5 years. Some proposals in the Congress have recommended that U.S. development assistance be channeled through nongovernmental organizations, including private voluntary organizations (PVO). Support for a greater PVO role in delivering assistance seems to stem from (1) general disappointment with the results of over 40 years of government-to-government assistance and (2) a perception that private organizations are better able to identify development needs and deliver help. At the request of the former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, GAO undertook a study to examine some of the questions and issues that policymakers may want to consider as they debate the future role of PVOs in delivering U.S. development assistance. Specifically, this report provides an analysis of (1) PVOs' role in delivering U.S. foreign assistance and potential issues and implications of increasing PVOs' role in delivering assistance, including accountability issues; (2) 26 PVO projects in 8 countries in 4 geographic regions and whether they were achieving their objectives; and (3) the extent to which U.S. PVOs are dependent on U.S. government funding.

Descriptors :   *VOLUNTEERS, *FEDERAL BUDGETS, *ACCOUNTABILITY, DEVELOPING NATIONS, CONGRESS, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RESOURCES, MONITORING, RESPONSE, RECORDS MANAGEMENT, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, GEOGRAPHIC AREAS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, PANEL(COMMITTEE), COMMUNITY RELATIONS, FOREIGN AID.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE