Today, Chairman John Kerry and the Majority Staff of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations released a report on the efficacy of civilian aid in Afghanistan. The report, Evaluating U.S. Foreign Assistance to Afghanistan, is the result of a two year investigation of U.S. foreign assistance to Afghanistan, focusing on money appropriated to the State Department and USAID. The recommendations for the Obama administration to consider as it prepares for the beginning of the withdrawal of U.S. forces next month and the transition to Afghan security forces in 2014 include: 1) “Consider[ing] authorizing a multi-year civilian assistance strategy for Afghanistan,” 2) “re-evaluate[ing] the performance of stabilization programs in conflict zones,” and 3) “focus[ing] on sustainability” of aid and assistance programs.
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