Congress provided the mandate for the Coordinator to exercise oversight over all U.S. government foreign assistance to Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia, including:
- Designing overall foreign assistance strategies.
- Ensuring program and policy coordination within the U.S. government.
- Ensuring proper management, implementation, and oversight of foreign assistance programs.
- Resolving policy and program disputes among U.S. government agencies.
- Ensuring coordination of foreign assistance activities with other countries and international organizations.
- In the August 2021 edition of State Magazine’s Office Spotlight, ACE’s history, role, and examples of foreign assistance programs in 29 countries throughout Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia were highlighted
Consistent with its Congressional mandate, EUR/ACE carries out five primary functions in collaboration with U.S. embassies, State Department bureaus, and other U.S. government agencies:
- Strategic Coordination: Real time link between programs and policy through interagency strategic reviews and by providing policy guidance to U.S. government leaders.
- Budgeting: Management of annual foreign assistance budget processes, giving embassies a strong voice and inviting input and expertise from across the U.S. government.
- Programmatic Coordination: Mediation of conflicts between assistance managers, information sharing, and coordination with international donors.
- A One-Stop Shop: Up-to-date and comprehensive budget and program information to Congress, senior State Department officials, and other stakeholders.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Oversight to monitor the effectiveness of U.S. assistance in the region in support of U.S. foreign policy priorities.
The unique model of assistance coordination that EUR/ACE has developed to carry out the Coordinator’s authorities has a number of benefits, including:
- Whole-of-government approach to assistance planning and resource allocation that achieves a balance between Washington and field perspectives.
- Real-time link between assistance and foreign policy priorities.
- Balance between short-term political and long-term development perspectives.
- “Honest-broker” position within the interagency, capable of mediating disagreements between U.S. government assistance managers, while keeping focus on U.S. strategic objectives in the region.
ACE coordinates bilateral foreign assistance to 17 countries in Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia. ACE’s FY 2020 country fact sheets include overarching