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JUNE 24, 2009 10:37PM

Your Tax Dollars At Work...In Cambodia?

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I thought you might all want to see where your tax dollars are going these days. I got this from:

Cambodia Basic Education

The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 06/23/2009 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.

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Document Type:Grants Notice Funding Opportunity Number:USAID-CAMBODIA-442-09-003-RFA Opportunity Category:Discretionary Posted Date:Jun 23, 2009 Creation Date:Jun 22, 2009 Original Closing Date for Applications:Jul 10, 2009    Current Closing Date for Applications:Jul 10, 2009    Archive Date:Aug 09, 2009 Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity:Education
Category Explanation: Expected Number of Awards:1 Estimated Total Program Funding:$10,000,000 Award Ceiling:$10,000,000 Award Floor:$10,000,000 CFDA Number(s):98.001  --  USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:Yes

Eligible Applicants

Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Agency Name

Cambodia USAID-Phnom Penh


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications (proposals for funding) to support U.S. or non-U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a basic education program. This award will permit the recipient to implement a program to provide support to increase the relevance, quality, and access in Basic Education.

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If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Sokunn Mealea Prak
Acquisition Specialist
Phone 85523728344 RFA-442-09-003, Basic Education

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That's right. $10,000,000.00 of OUR tax dollars will be spent on this.


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Difficult to know what the objective is, but this sounds reasonable to me for an initiative of USAID. USAID, as you probably know, is the US Agency for International Development. International development, then, is what they do. Your "what your money is going for these days" remark seems to be a vague swipe at the new administration. I somehow doubt that the mission or the budget for USAID has changed very much over the past five months. I expect this initiative originated during the previous administration, government moving sort of slowly at the federal level and all.

In contrast, weapons systems are extraordinarily expensive. According to, "Each Patriot missile unit costs about $170 million. In the first Gulf War, an average of four missiles were launched against a single incoming Scud."

$10 million is not much money. It really depends on what can be leveraged with that amount.
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