U.S. Congress, Administration Should Advance 3 ‘Critical’ Reforms To Foreign Aid Put Forward By Development Community

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Robert Mosbacher Jr., chair of Mosbacher Energy Company; and Mark Dybul, co-director of the Center for Global Health and Quality and professor at Georgetown University Medical Center; both co-chairs of the Consensus for Development Reform

“…The development community’s response [to the administration’s proposed cuts to global health and development] was no fewer than five major reorganization and reform proposals — really, counter-proposals to the administration — laying out a range of major changes that would be better for development. … Among the varied recommendations, three critical agenda items deserve special attention and cooperation. The first is the embrace of economic growth and access to economic opportunity as an engine for sustainable development. … The second foundation for reform is to ensure a smooth and effective transition from large, donor-funded development programs to true country ownership. … The third foundation is a new management model to ensure effective implementation and accountability across the many parts of government. … What we have at hand is an unexpected and rare opportunity for cooperation that can provide real reforms in our development assistance. Congress and the administration should seize the opportunity to advance reforms put forward by the development community itself. Such reforms will make our work more effective for those we seek to help, a better tool to advance our national interests, and a greater value for the taxpayer. Strengthening our leadership in development, and not leaving a vacuum for others to fill, is essential to putting America first” (12/9).