Audit of USAID/Philippines’ Growth With Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program.
Fiscal Year: 2011
The southern Philippines island of Mindanao, home to about 22 million people, has been the site of an extensive antigovernment armed conflict for more than three decades. Mindanao remains the least developed region of the Philippines, with the lowest levels of per capita income and education and the highest levels of endemic disease, illiteracy, and unemployment.
Since the early 1990s, USAID has been allocating large amounts of assistance to Mindanao to help break the cycle of poverty. The GEM Program is the largest, and it serves as an umbrella program that allows USAID to support a wide range of activities in Mindanao, all intended to contribute to peace and development in this region. Program activities seek to grow businesses and build infrastructure, train the workforce, improve governance, and reintegrate former combatants.
The program was conceived as a 5-year program, from 1996 to 2001; however, USAID has extended the program twice, and the current $126 million program (known as GEM-3) covers a 4-year period from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2012.
This audit will determine whether USAID/Philippines GEM Program is helping to establish peace and promote development in Mindanao.
Source: Office of Inspector General - ANNUAL PLAN - FISCAL YEAR 2011
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