Surprise: Latest U.S. foreign aid package to Pakistan not helping

The U.S.’s massive civilian-aid program for Pakistan has failed to show it is achieving its goals since Congress approved a $7.5 billion five-year assistance package in late 2009, according to an official U.S. government assessment.

The report, released jointly this week by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of State and Department of Defense, found U.S. aid officials on the ground in Pakistan had failed to supply data to allow a systematic evaluation of whether the assistance was helping stabilize the nation…

“Ongoing security threats impede effective implementation and monitoring of assistance,” the report said.