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Secretary Tillerson’s ‘Listening Report’ Shows State, USAID Should Remain Separate; MFAN Aid Redesign Plan Offers Recommendations, Expert Notes

Brookings Institution’s “Future Development”: Tillerson’s “Listening Report” reinforces that State and USAID should be separate
George Ingram, a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, and chair emeritus of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s “Listening Report” “reinforces the aid redesign plan, ‘A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose,’ issued in July by the co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN).” Ingram discusses the findings of Tillerson’s report and the recommendations of MFAN, concluding, “Let us hope he and others take the guidance they have provided that development and diplomacy must be aligned but separate” (7/24).