"Just another tidbit of Easter European reaction to President Obama's missile defense decision, to drop Bush-era plans for a missile shield with radar based in the Czech Republic and missiles based in Poland: a news headline (not an op-ed) on page 1 of major Czech newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes today read 'There Will Not Be Radar. Russia Won.'"
Ongoing U.S.-funded Capacity-development Programs in Iraq
U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
October 30, 2011
"Three additional USAID- and DoS-funded capacity-development programs continued this quarter:
- Community Action Program III. The USAID-administered program worked with four organizations — ACDI/VOCA (Agricultural Cooperative Development International/Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance), Cooperative Housing Foundation International, International Relief and Development, and Mercy Corps — to implement grassroots projects designed to build infrastructure, aid internally displaced persons, and distribute aid through the Marla Ruzicka Iraqi War Victims Fund, which dispenses money to Iraqis killed or injured during U.S. or coalition operations.
- Ministerial Capacity Development (MCD). The DoS-administered program continued this quarter with three projects aimed at creating a database for real estate registry offices (discussed further in the Rule of Law subsection of this Report); developing water-sharing agreements with Syria, Iran, and Turkey; and creating an environment conducive to investment. However, DoS reported expending funds for only the first project; funds were not spent this quarter on the other two projects.
- Democracy and Civil Society. The DoS Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor reported this quarter that its Iraq portfolio comprises 46 grants, totaling $186 million. Eight of the grants, totaling $24.6 million, were for human rights projects; and there were 22 ongoing democracy and governance programs, valued at $144 million. The other 16 grants, worth $15.8 million, are for efforts that address women’s issues. Figure 4.2 provides a status of funding and descriptions of major completed and ongoing activities for these programs."