As a matter of policy, Washington is committed to supporting development in impoverished countries, and most Americans believe that it is following through. In fact, U.S. assistance for the world's poorest countries is utterly inadequate. Only a new international development strategy can rectify the situation. Continued failure will be too expensive, for the United States and the world.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Director of the UN Millennium Project, which in January issued the report Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Goals. He is also the author of the new book The End of Poverty.