USAID/Dominican Republic Strategic Plan FY 2002 through FY 2007
The Dominican Republic is a strategically located partner that links the United States to Caribbean, Central American and South American countries. It is experiencing the predictable growing pains and challenges associated with recent emergence from authoritarian governance. Its economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the region that, nonetheless, is leaving many of its citizens behind. The Dominican Republic also shares a long border with Haiti, which is one of the poorest, least developed and least stable countries in the Americas. This situation makes sustainability of democracy, rule of law and inclusive economic growth and social development in the Dominican Republic far more important to U.S. and hemispheric relations than its modest economy and eight million people might otherwise suggest.