U.S. Congress Should Fully Fund International Affairs Programs, Ensure U.S. Foreign Assistance Focuses On Integrated Development

Oxfam America’s “Politics of Poverty”: Ebola: It’s not just a health problem
Aria Grabowski, policy adviser for accountable development finance at Oxfam America, discusses how the “recent Ebola outbreak in [the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)] serves as a reminder for the need to have integrated development, so every nation can prevent, detect, and respond to the threat of infectious diseases.” Grabowski writes, “To work toward this goal, Congress must reject President Trump’s proposed budget and fully fund International Affairs programs; and the administration must ensure that U.S. foreign assistance is focused on reducing poverty and creating strong institutions that can prevent and address challenges little by little rather than throwing billions of dollars at crises” (5/16).