U.S. Assistance to Mexico: State Department Could Improve Its Monitoring of Mérida Initiative Projects, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Document: "The Mérida Initiative is a bilateral U.S.- Mexico partnership to address crime and violence and enhance the rule of law in Mexico. Through this initiative, managed by State/INL [Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs] and USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development], the United States has provided a wide range of assistance, including training and equipment. Since fiscal year 2008, U.S. funding for the Mérida Initiative has totaled about $3 billion. GAO [Government Accountability Office] has identified key practices for monitoring foreign assistance programs that agencies should implement to address impediments, effectively manage foreign assistance, and meet assistance goals. These practices are generally consistent with policies of State, USAID, and the Office of Management and Budget. GAO was asked to review issues related to Mérida Initiative implementation and objectives. This report examines the extent to which State/INL and USAID follow key practices in monitoring Mérida Initiative projects and track project performance against established measures. GAO reviewed State and USAID documents and data for a nongeneralizable sample of 20 highdollar value projects, and interviewed officials from State; USAID; and other U.S. agencies in Washington, D.C., and Mexico City."
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