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Amy Frumin on Foreign Aid

Interviewee: Amy B. Frumin, CFR International Affairs Fellow; former USAID representative to Afghanistan
Interviewer: Greg Bruno, Staff Writer
January 18, 2008

Amy Frumin, an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former USAID representative in Afghanistan, says Washington's approach to foreign assistance has been undermined by bureaucratic red-tape and poor coordination among government agencies.

She says the next U.S. presidential administration will need to reorganize the way it delivers assistance overseas, especially in post-conflict zones. Frumin says the next U.S. president should “look at things from the ground up” when considering solutions. “When you're entering a place like Afghanistan and talking to people about democracy,” she says, “we really have to be able to respond much more quickly” with assistance.

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