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Responses from the U.S. Agency for International Development to reports issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office

December 18, 2018

I am pleased to provide the fo1mal response of the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to the draft report of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled, "CLIMATE CHANGE: Activities of Selected Agencies to Address Potential Impact on Global Migration" (GAO-19-166).

USAID appreciates the draft report's recognition of our Agency's ongoing efforts to support governments, civil society and the private sector in our partner countries to build resilience and manage risk that, if left unaddressed, could lead to costly humanitarian disasters and related displacement or migration. As the repo1t indicate s, the relationship between migration decisions and climate and extreme weather events is complex, mediated by a host of economic, political, social, and demographic factors.

December 12, 2018

Under the leadership of the Department of State, USAID participates in a whole-of-Government counter-narcotics effort in Colombia. USAID believes a comprehensive review of the U.S. counter-nrn.•cotics approach in Colombia can help identify what changes, if any, are necessary to make to the types and combination of U.S. activities, while taking into consideration how the relative benefits and limitations of eradication, interdiction, and alternative development could affect the effectiveness of these efforts. USAID will cooperate fully in this review process.