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Foreign Aid Reform

Obama's Global Development Legacy

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 03.18.2013 | Home
Jeremy Konyndyk

President Obama has been a strong supporter of foreign aid throughout his first term, but unlike his predecessor, he has yet to translate his support into an enduring legacy on global development. As he enters his second term, the president should take several steps to cement that legacy.

Don't Cut Foreign Aid -- It's Working

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 03.17.2013 | Home
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Today in Washington, Oxfam is launching an ad campaign to remind members of Congress that "job creators" and "venture capitalists" don't always wear fancy suits or have well-heeled lobbyists.

Flea-Markets and Foreign Aid: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Rachel Cook | Posted 03.18.2012 | Home
Rachel Cook

In 2010, the United States spent 20 percent of its budget on Defense and Security, as opposed to less than 1 percent on non-security related international assistance. This 1 percent is less than half of the foreign aid budget of the 1980s, and even less of earlier decades. What's the deal?

Foreign Assistance for the 21st Century

Sarah Trister | Posted 11.08.2011 | Home
Sarah Trister

Howard Berman's bill is the first serious, comprehensive attempt at rewriting the foreign assistance act to make it appropriate for the 21st century.

A New Voice for Women in U.S. Aid

Ritu Sharma | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
Ritu Sharma

Women are the majority of the more than one billion people living on just a dollar a day, and account for 6 out of 10 of the world's hungry. Despite this, they very often get left out of assistance programs.

Is Foreign Aid Too Fat?

Serra Sippel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Serra Sippel

A Democrat says we have to make foreign aid more efficient. A Republican says she will trim the "fat" in existing aid programs. Depending on how you define "fat," we may have a bi-partisan consensus on our hands.

Time to Rebrand Haiti's Tent Cities as Tomas Approaches

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georgianne Nienaber

Haiti's Potemkin village, the Camp Corail-Cesselesse relocation camp, is not safe. With the approach of Tomas, which is morphing daily from tropical s...

Obama's New Plan to Fight Poverty Gets the Purpose Right

Paul O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul O'Brien

President Obama used the gathering of world leaders in New York last week to announce the first-ever US Policy on Global Development, promising that, ...

What Real Foreign Aid Reform Means

David Beckmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Beckmann

At stake is America's ability to effectively address the global challenges of the 21st century. And the timing is important: in just two months, the eyes of the world will be on the Millennium Development Goals Summit.

Foreign Aid Reform: Spaghetti, Leaks and Hope

Carol Peasley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carol Peasley

For those who care about international development and global poverty reduction, for those who want to see the United States government reestablish it...

Foreign Aid Reform: The Road Ahead

Carol Peasley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carol Peasley

Over the past two years, experts on global development have come to a consensus that the current system for managing U.S. foreign aid is outdated, is ...

A Better Week for Haiti - And With These Reforms, a Far Better Future

Charles MacCormack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charles MacCormack

The renewal in Haiti could outshine even the vast improvements to health, education, and housing we've seen in places like Indonesia following the 2004 tsunami.