13 October 2011
Clearer Guidance Needed on Compliance Overseas with Legislation Prohibiting Abortion-Related Lobbying
Following a 2007 disputed election and widespread violence, Kenya reformed its constitution, which its voters approved in August 2010. The United States has provided over $18 million to support this process to date. GAO was asked to (1) describe any involvement that US officials have had in Kenya’s constitutional reform process relating to abortion; (2) describe any support that US-funded award recipients and subrecipients have provided in Kenya’s constitutional reform process relating to abortion; and (3) assess the extent to which agencies have developed and implemented guidance on compliance with the Siljander Amendment, which prohibits using certain assistance funds to lobby either for or against abortion.
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Jacquelyn L Williams-Bridgers
US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, DC