USAID Earns Bad Transparency Rating

from The People's Cube

The USAID budget totals over 50 billion dollars. That’s pretty impressive money. It comes out to about the 100,000 military positions being cut to save 50 billion dollars. But the USAID budget has also been found to be lacking in basic transparency earning a barely 50 percent score from Publish What You Fund and ranking 27th behind Estonia.

Why does the USAID budget rank so low in transparency? For one thing look where the money goes.

Last year the top recipients of USAID money were kleptocracies like Afghanistan (1.4 billion dollars), Haiti (970 million) and Pakistan (393 million). The Palestinian money-hole, combining Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza, added another 700 million to the total.

Aside from the amounts, these are countries with no accountability and total corruption on all sides. And of the top 20 recipients of USAID cash, 3.2 billion dollars went to Muslim countries.

  • Thomas Collins

    Obama himself is a creature of USAID

  • Marvin Fox

    The lack of transparency in the Muslim nations probably serves as absolute assurance that we can not tell how much of the billions of dollars we use to help them maintain freedom from tyranny is being use to establish that tyranny in our Republic. We can be assured, by the nature of the recipients, that some of the charity and good wishes we shared will be used against us.
    Marvin Fox

  • Earl

    When are we, as Americans going to wake up and start demanding that our national leaders stop paying our international enemies to shoot us down?

  • Chris

    Problematic analysis and comparison. The U.S. agencies, with their FY 2012 foreign aid budgets and transparency scores, are listed below:

    The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) – foreign aid budget: $0.9 billion1, score: 70%
    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State – combined foreign aid budget: $33.9 billion2, scores: 50% and 31%, respectively. USAID improved its score by 35 percentage points, rising to 50 percent this year.
    The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – foreign aid budget: $6.6 billion3, score: 49%
    The Department of the Treasury – foreign aid budget: $2.7 billion4, score: 44%
    The Department of Defense (DOD) – foreign aid budget: $17 billion5, score: 24%
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