Donor scores: United States

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The United States is ranked 15th in the 2008 HRI. The country is ranked 8th in Pillar 5 but last (23rd) in Pillar 4. In terms of specific indicators it ranked first in sectoral distribution of funding through UN appeals, and 7th in both funding to NGOs and number of evaluations. However, the US ranked 21st in the indicators for unearmarked funding, and 22nd in implementing international humanitarian law and implementing human rights law.

The US ranks below average in the survey of agencies it funds in the field. In fact, only in eight questions did it score just above the average, with its best scores coming in questions relating to the provision of funds in a timely manner and support for operational actors’ contingency planning. Significantly, it scored below average in questions relating to the neutrality, impartiality and independence of humanitarian aid. It was also perceived as performing below average in supporting long-term development and sustainable livelihoods. It remains to be seen to what extent the current review of the United States’ development and humanitarian policy framework will reflect and reinforce the GHD Principles.

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