More transparency in U.S. aid to Pakistan?

Earlier this month, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry urged Ambassador Holbrooke, U.S. Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, to make U.S. objectives, plans and disbursements of aid to Pakistan more transparent.

The letter asks that the Administration be “more proactive and transparent with the broader public – both in the United States and Pakistan. [At present] the public has little access to detailed planning on how the funds will be spent.  This creates confusion and unnecessary speculation in Pakistan, and limits the potential of the policy community and allies at home.  The Administration should be fully transparent about how it will spend funds in Pakistan.”

On 14th June Holbrooke replied to Kerry’s letter, promising “accountability” and “transparency” in U.S. aid to Pakistan, also aiming to provide “more information about our efforts on the internet […]putting more information on the USAID and embassy websites as our plans become more concrete.”
We support this call for greater transparency and accountability in U.S. foreign assistance, and hope that it is acted upon to increase accountability and efficiency as highlighted by chairman Kerry.

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