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    A report by GAO reveals that USAID and the Department of State need to improve aid oversight to Myanmar to prevent it going to human rights violators.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State need to improve aid oversight to Myanmar (also known as Burma) to prevent it going to human rights violators, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report.

    "USAID and State… could do more to ensure that partners (eg non-governmental organizations) are doing what they can to prevent US assistance from going to gross violators of human rights or other prohibited entities," the GAO said in a report on Friday.

    Since 2012, USAID and State have obligated over $113 million to support this transition, including efforts to strengthen the country's democratic institutions, the report noted.

    "We recommended that USAID and State consider whether additional due diligence guidance is needed," the GAO said.

    Myanmar institutions working with the US government that the GAO interviewed either did not conduct due diligence or expressed concerns about their due diligence procedures, the report said.

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