According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report dated March 2007, the United States is one of the largest donors of foreign assistance to countries around the world; however, many of the recipients of this aid are unaware that it is provided by the United States.
Congress has expressed concerns that the United States has frequently understated or not publicized information about its foreign assistance programs and, as a result, the generosity of the people of the United States has not been fully understood abroad. Congress, concerned about poorly marked U.S. foreign aid donation, required that all programs under the Foreign Assistance Act be identified appropriately overseas as from American aid.
Responding to Congress’ concerns, USAID states in its policies that adequate public recognition shall be given in the press, by radio and other media that the commodities or assistance have been provided through the friendship of the American people [as food for peace]. At distribution and feeding centers or other project sites, cooperating sponsors shall, to the extent feasible, display banners, posters, or similar media, and recipients’ individual identification cards shall, insofar as practicable, be imprinted to contain such information, such as the USAID emblem or indication that the commodities were provided through the friendship of the American people [as food for peace].
Develop a plan and timetable for assistance programs to (a) sensitize communities benefiting from the [food] aid, and (b) mark projects and sites supported with [food] aid.
Source: AUDIT REPORT NO. 7-685-10-003-P February 11, 2010
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- USAID’s Marking Requirement Is Not Being Followed - ADS 320.3
- USAID Branding Requirements not Followed - ADS 320 - 22 U.S.C. § 2401
- Implementer Has Not Complied With the Project Branding and Marking Plan - ADS 320
- USAID Branding and Marking Requirements Are Not Being Followed - Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, Public Law 87–195, section 641 - ADS 320
- Branding Requirements Were Not Followed - ADS 320, Branding and Marking - Section 641 of USAID’s framework legislation, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961
- Implementing Partner Need to Adhere to Branding and Marking Policy - ADS 320.3.1 - ADS 3126.96.36.199
- Adhering to Branding Requirements - ADS 320
- Partner Did Not Adhere to Branding Requirements - ADS 320
- Branding Policy Not Enforced - Section 641 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 - 22 U.S.C. 2401.
- Obtain Commitment From Beneficiaries - USAID’s joint Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 - ADS 596.3.1 - GAO Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government2 GAO/AIMD-00-21.3.1 (11/99), page 15
- USAID-Funded Publications Not Properly Marked - 22 CFR 226.91
- Implementers’ Branding and Public Announcement Efforts Not Monitored - ADS 320.3.1 - ADS 320.2a(3)
- Locations Lacked USAID Branding - Section 641 of USAID's framework legislation, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 - ADS 320, ?Branding and Marking
- Items Funded by USAID Were Not Properly Marked - ADS 320.3.3
- Effectiveness of USAID Branding Needs to Be Improved - section 641 of USAID’s framework legislation, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, codified as amended in 22 U.S.C. 2401 - ADS 3188.8.131.52 - , 22 CFR 211.5(h)
- Subcontractor Did Not Manage Beneficiary Expectations Effectively - USAID’s Nine Principles of Development and Reconstruction Assistance
- Public Awareness of U.S. Efforts Needs To Be Improved - ADS 320 - Section 641 of USAID’s framework legislation - the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, codified as amended in 22 U.S.C. 2401