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One key attribute of U.S. foreign assistance data is the sector assignment, which indicates the purpose of the activity. For example, Agriculture, Basic Education, and Civil Society are three of the 52 sectors possible. These sectors are organized under nine broader foreign assistance categories. All funds are sorted into only one sector and one category, so there is no double-counting of funds. The framework of sector classifications includes an established structure with precise definitions that enable the aggregation, comparison, and analysis of data.
To help nations effectively establish the conditions and capacity for achieving peace, security, and stability; and for responding effectively against arising threats to national or international security and stability.
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To promote and strengthen effective democracies in recipient states and move them along a continuum toward democratic consolidation.
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To contribute to improvements in the health of people, especially women, children, and other vulnerable populations in countries of the developing world, through expansion of basic health services, including family planning; strengthening national health systems, and addressing global issues and special concerns such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.
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To promote equitable, effective, accountable, and sustainable formal and non-formal education systems and address factors that place individuals at risk for poverty, exclusion, neglect, or victimization. Help populations manage their risks and gain access to opportunities that support their full and productive participation in society. Help populations rebound from temporary adversity, cope with chronic poverty, reduce vulnerability, and increase self-reliance.
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To generate rapid, sustained, and broad-based economic growth.
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To support the sustainability of a productive and clean environment by: ensuring that the environment and the natural resources upon which human lives and livelihoods depend are managed in ways that sustain productivity growth, a healthy population, as well as the intrinsic spiritual and cultural value of the environment, and conserving biodiversity and managing natural resources in ways that maintain their long-term viability and preserve their potential to meet the needs of present and future generations.
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To save lives, alleviate suffering, and minimize the economic costs of conflict, disasters and displacement. Humanitarian assistance is provided on the basis of need according to principles of universality, impartiality and human dignity. It is often organized by sectors, but requires an integrated, coordinated and/or multi-sectoral approach to be most effective. Emergency operations will foster the transition from relief, through recovery, to development, but they cannot and will not replace the development investments necessary to reduce chronic poverty or establish just social services.
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To provide the general management support required to ensure completion of U.S. foreign assistance objectives by facilitating program management, monitoring and evaluation, and accounting and tracking of costs.
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Multi-Sector is used when a sector cannot be identified and/or aid may be cross-cutting across several categories
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