U.S. Foreign Assistance Overhaul Can ‘Make Our Aid Stronger, Smarter’

Devex: Opinion: It’s time to build a new U.S. agency for global development
George Ingram, senior fellow at the Brookings Intuition; Tessie San-Martin, president and CEO of Plan International USA; and Connie Veillette, senior fellow at the Lugar Center, all co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN)

“…The Trump administration has a unique opportunity to rewrite the development playbook to make our aid stronger, smarter, and more driven to achieve better results for the American people, as well as people in developing countries. To seed that effort, we recently released a proposal that streamlines U.S. aid architecture into two new agencies: a consolidated aid agency and a development finance corporation. … Our proposal aims to bring together the best of U.S. development efforts into a coherent structure that is driven by objectives, results, and mission. … This proposal offers several concrete avenues for how to pursue efficiencies while also empowering each of the three D’s [(development, diplomacy, and defense)] to focus on what they do best. We look forward to a long overdue conversation in the development community as colleagues release their own proposals for how to modernize and maximize the way in which we deliver U.S. foreign assistance” (7/27).

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