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PublishDate: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:13

U.S. Aid to Afghanistan

Providing direct assistance through the government of Afghanistan is essential to maintaining the remarkab

Re “Report Says Afghanistan Can’t Be Trusted to Prevent Misuse of U.S. Aid” (news article, Jan. 30): The United States Agency for International Development has established strong safeguards to account for any United States funds spent through Afghan ministries. The effectiveness of these controls was not acknowledged in the report by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, and the report identified no fraud, waste or abuse.

There is inherent risk working in a war-torn country like Afghanistan that had barely functioning ministries, capacity and infrastructure after 9/11. Providing direct assistance through the government of Afghanistan is essential to maintaining the remarkable gains we have made there and ensuring that Afghanistan will never again be a safe haven for terrorists.

That is why our men and women, at great personal risk, find ways to deliver this assistance while being stringent guardians of taxpayer funds. To them, and for all of us at U.S.A.I.D., no amount of fraud, waste or abuse is acceptable.
The New York Times

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