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Blogs Examine Addition Of Treasury, Defense Data To Foreign Assistance Dashboard

Last week, the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Defense added data to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. In a post on the Center for Global Development (CGD) blog, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) Principal Sarah Jane Staats and Will McKitterick, a research assistant at CGD, examine the new data, writing, “There is still a long way to go before the Foreign Assistance Dashboard has the complete picture of where and how the United States invests its aid dollars, but new Treasury and Defense data are good steps in the right direction” (5/23). And in a post on the Oxfam America blog, Gregory Adams, director of aid effectiveness at Oxfam, writes, “This is not a lot of new data. … But politically, this is an important signal of progress.” But, he continues, “Without project-level data that helps people understand how aid is being invested and how we are measuring success, the dashboard fails to actually help U.S. aid dollars work better” (5/28).