Changing The Way The U.S. Gives Foreign Assistance

Politix: Getting Our Money’s Worth On Foreign Aid
Diana Ohlbaum, senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

“…[F]oreign aid is only about 1 percent of our budget — and the part that is used to help the world’s poorest people is less than half that amount. These percentages have been the same for decades. But what is changing is the way we give foreign assistance, and the impact it is having on people’s lives. We’ve started to do independent, scientifically-sound evaluations that show what works and what doesn’t. … Together, greater accountability and country ownership in our foreign aid programs will build the human resources that enable countries to take responsibility for their own development. Promoting this kind of sustainable development is not just the right and moral thing to do. In this increasingly interconnected world, it’s essential for the health and well-being of our own people, and for the security and prosperity of our nation” (4/24).