GAO Report Examines How USAID’s Global Development Lab Uses, Reports Its Funding

U.S. Government Accountability Office: Global Development Lab: USAID Leverages External Contributions but Needs to Ensure Timely Data and Transparent Reporting
“Since USAID’s Global Development Lab started in 2014, it has sought innovative solutions to international development problems such as hunger and illiteracy. The Lab has a goal of supporting some efforts with outside contributions from private and public partners. We examined how the Lab uses and reports its funding. We found: The Lab’s funds from USAID dropped from $170.7 million in 2015 to $77 million in 2017. Some of the Lab’s public reporting on outside contributions was outdated or incomplete. To improve transparency, we recommended the Lab revise internal guidance to ensure up-to-date and complete reporting on outside contributions…” (11/7).

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