Economic Assistance During Stability and Support Operations
Nov 16, 2011
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This guidebook is designed to help U.S. Army personnel more effectively use economic assistance to support economic and infrastructure development. The guidebook should help tactical commanders choose and implement more effective programs and projects in their areas of responsibility and better understand the economic context of their efforts. It describes key characteristics of the economic environment, the key players that soldiers are likely to encounter, and who may be involved in what sorts of assistance efforts. It also provides suggestions on what to and what not to do, with examples from current and past operations. Suggestions on providing assistance are grouped into the following areas: humanitarian assistance; infrastructure and essential services; agriculture; currencies, budgets, finance, and foreign trade; private sector development and employment generation; natural resource management; and the effects of the U.S. military on local economies. To write this guidebook, the authors visited commanders in Afghanistan, conducted interviews with returning U.S. military officers, drew on their own experiences in Iraq, Liberia, and the Balkans, and tapped the substantial literature about effective economic assistance.
What You Need to Know Before You Go
Players, Coordination, and Resources
Infrastructure and Essential Services
Currencies, Budgets, Finance, and Foreign Trade
Private Sector Development and Employment Generation
Natural Resource Management
The Effects of the U.S. Military on Local Economies
Holding a Bidder's Conference
Areas of Responsibility for Relevant U.S. Government Agencies
The research described in this report was sponsored by the United States Army and conducted by the RAND Arroyo Center.
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