Nadia Naviwala

Nadia Naviwala

A university instructor in US Foreign Policy based in Islamabad. She has served as Pakistan Desk Officer at USAID and a National Security Aide in the US Senate. She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School. She tweets @NadiaNavi (twitter.com/NadiaNavi)

How long will the US assist Pakistan?

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki went off the cuff last week to announce that Pakistan has not received any development assistance from the United States since 2013. That was news – Pakistani papers Express Tribune and Dawn headlined it. But it was wrong. Congress released funding to Pakistan in September 2014.  Under the “Kerry-Lugar-Berman (KLB)” bill, Congress authorised $1.5 billion in development assistance for Pakistan for five years, from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2015. But because USAID must get Congressional blessing of its program plans before it gets the money, money rarely comes through in the year it is budgeted for. So Pakistan received funds ...

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