U.S. Must Support Local Capacity Building In Development Agenda To Reduce Climate Change Impacts, End Global Hunger

The Hill: A moral commitment to end hunger
Faustine Wabwire, senior foreign assistance policy analyst at the Bread for the World Institute

“…[I]t will be impossible to end hunger and extreme poverty without addressing climate change. One step the United States and its partners can take [at the Third International Financing for Development conference] in Addis Ababa is to recognize the importance of strengthening local capacity for development. A country determining its own course is vital to reducing hunger and mitigating the effects of climate change. … The U.S. should enthusiastically support and elevate local capacity on the global development agenda. It should also ensure that building local capacity remains a core objective of U.S. development assistance. We are at an unprecedented moment in history. The international community can end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030. Let’s hope our leaders take on that commitment this week in Addis Ababa…” (7/15).