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Frequently Asked Questions

What does "poverty-focused development assistance" mean?

Countries struggling with extreme poverty do not have the resources to adequately finance their own development.

U.S. poverty-focused development assistance, or PFDA, helps such countries become self-sufficient, while providing lifesaving programs for millions of people living in poverty.

I'm not an expert on these issues. What if I am asked a question that I can't answer?

Advocacy is not about being an expert on these issues. As you make your convictions understood through letters, calls, or meetings, your members of Congress and their staffers may ask you questions.

If you don’t know the answer to a question, simply say so. The important point to make is that you are a voting constituent, or have influence over such constituents, and you care about PFDA. You should also feel free to write down such questions and send them to us. The members of our D.C.-based policy and government relations team will follow up with the congressional office.

What about food aid waste?

You will be advocating for poverty-focused development assistance — the kind of aid that helps people pull themselves out of poverty. However, food aid is a subset of PFDA, and it is in need of reform.

Bread for the World and our partners in the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network continue to call for changes to foreign assistance programs in order to reach higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness. We believe in PFDA as it exists today, but it can be improved, and we are advocating for those improvements.

We're talking to our nation's leaders about this issue, and they are listening. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) places great emphasis on evaluating its programs to ensure both effectiveness and efficiency.

Check out the USAID website for more information on its programs and evaluation.

The United States, along with 21 other countries, has joined the International Aid Transparency Initiative, which aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use, and understand. The U.S. government is committed to publishing all of its development assistance funding records so that the public can hold it accountable.

My church's national office speaks out on these issues. Isn't that enough?

It's great that your national church office is advocating for PFDA funding, but the effectiveness of that work is tied, in large part, to your faithfulness. As a constituent of a particular district or state, your views are important to your elected officials. When you make your opinions known, members of Congress listen.

I'm still concerned about advocacy and my place in it as a pastor. Where can I learn more?

Our resource The Biblical Basis for Advocacy to End Hunger explains the scriptural underpinnings for this work. If you have additional questions, send us an email or give us a call, and we would be more than happy to talk to you about any concerns you may have.

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