The United States may be the largest donor of foreign assistance in the world, but it ranks among the lowest in terms of quality and effectiveness of its aid, according to a report by the Center for Global Development (CGD), in cooperation with the Brookings Institution, that assesses more than 150 countries' foreign aid money.
Speakers: T. Charles Cooper, Robert C. Orr, and Samuel A. Worthington Presider: Gail D. Fosler
Experts discuss the role of the UN Millennium Development Goals as a framework for new government development policy, the importance of increasing aid funding transparency with developing nations, and the impact of the financial crisis on the developing world.
To mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19, Eric Schwartz and Susan Reichle look at lessons to be learned from humanitarian crises over the last decade and how the United States can become more effective in its civilian relief efforts across the globe.
In this Washington Post opinion piece, Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, sees an opportunity for improved U.S.-Pakistan relations admist the destruction caused by the floods.
Richard C. Holbrooke interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria
The international response to Pakistan's flood disaster has been inadequate so far, says Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative to the country. He says Washington is contacting international governments and is sending more aid, including helicopters to assist in relief efforts.
It's important to evaluate foreign aid programs and address questions of accountability and value, especially at a time of concern about the economy, but cuts or reductions in foreign assistance support aren't merited, says CFR's Laurie Garrett.
The $9.9 billion pledged toward Haitian reconstruction at last week's donors' conference will be ineffective without insisting that funding for housing and jobs be wedded to overall goals for Haitian political and economic stability, says CFR expert Kara McDonald.
Princeton N. Lyman provides the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Africa with an update on U.S. policy toward the continent, and explains why the United States may experience diminishing leverage with these countries.
The global fight against HIV and AIDS cannot be won without success in South Africa, but while President Zuma's government has made progress, it has to do more to prevent future infections and provide better treatment, says CFR's Peter Navario.
As the Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo argues, the concept of foreign aid is ﬂawed -- not just because corrupt dictators divert aid for nefarious or selﬁsh purposes but also because even in reasonably democratic countries, aid creates perverse incentives and unintended consequences.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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