Bread for the World Applauds White House Directive on Global Development Policy
September 1, 2009
Washington, DC, September 1, 2009 — Bread for the World today voiced its strong support for President Barack Obama’s Presidential Study Directive mandating a comprehensive review of our nation’s global development policy.
“The White House will lead an overdue comprehensive review of U.S. government activities that affect global poverty and development,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “This is a significant victory for Bread for the World members across the country, and for the many churches and other organizations that have been working with us on this issue.”
The review is being led by Gen. Jim Jones, national security advisor; and Lawrence Summers, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy. It will include all the government agencies and policies that affect global development, and involve consultations with Congress and constituency groups. The review is expected to be completed by January 2010.
“Our nation does not now have a clear statement of goals related to world hunger, poverty and disease,” said Rev. Beckmann. “Currently our nation’s global development programs and policies are scattered across 12 departments, 25 different agencies, and nearly 60 government offices.”
Bread for the World members have been campaigning for a comprehensive review of global development policy and full reform of U.S. foreign assistance to make it more effective and efficient. Last year, Bread members campaigned for the passage of the Global Poverty Act, which also called for a review of our country’s development policies. With the help of its allies, Bread for the World has recruited more than 100 members of the House of Representatives as cosponsors of H.R. 2139, or The Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009, which requires the creation of a global development strategy. A related bill, S.1524 or The Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009, is expected to be discussed by the Senate after its summer recess.
This summer, the State Department announced a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The White House and State Department initiatives are expected to work in tandem.
“All these initiatives are a clear indication of how momentum is building for foreign aid reform,” said Rev. Beckmann.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
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