In the State of Union speech last week, President Obama called for the reorganization of the federal government. MFAN Principal Connie Veillette, director of CGD’s Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance, responded by posting a blog in which she asked her readers to comment on how they would reorganize the government agencies that manage foreign assistance. To follow up on this idea, in a new blog post CGD’s Casey Dunning highlights the drastic difference in the number of agencies involved in the delivery of foreign assistance between 1996 and 2009. Dunning presents the decrease of Official Development Assistance (ODA) delivered by each agency in the table below, comparing the percentages of total ODA from 1996 to 2009. According to the table, USAID is still in the lead for foreign assistance delivery.
Dunning writes, “If you look at the list of agencies with a hand in foreign aid just 15 years ago, the number of agencies involved is chopped in half. Not only does the number of agencies decrease from 21 to 10 but the percent of official development assistance (ODA) delivered by each agency seems much more reasonable. In 1996, USAID delivered the vast majority of ODA with the State Department and Treasury coming in a distant second and third. The Department of Defense had a minimal role and HHS was entirely absent.”