Revamp U.S. foreign aid
By Dr. Louise Driscoll on May 26, 2009
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The large number of federal agencies and offices involved in distributing aid demands a more-coordinated system. It is time for Congress to look at making poverty reduction a primary goal of streamlined foreign assistance. On April 28, Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., member of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009 (H.R. 2139).
The bill is a critical first step toward making foreign assistance more effective, efficient and transparent. It calls on the president to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy for global development, improve the evaluation of development programs, and increase the transparency of
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Her support for this legislation is critical. This bill is a good first step in making our nation's foreign assistance more effective.
That is why we at Bread for the World are asking Ros-Lehtinen to co-sponsor H.R. 2139, the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act.
By making our foreign aid more efficient and effective, it will have a greater impact on poor and hungry people around the world, something that Ros-Lehtinen has supported time and time again. Now more than ever it is incumbent on us to write to our legislators and challenge them to make foreign aid more efficient and effective.
DR. LOUISE DRISCOLL, Bread for the World,