Foreign Aid


Philanthropy and U.S. Foreign Policy

Carol C. Adelman
Director, Center for Global Prosperity, Hudson Institute

Jane Wales
President and Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council of Northern California; Cofounder and President, Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, Aspen Institute

Trevor Neilson
President, Global Philanthropy Group

In recent years private philanthropic organizations have contributed nearly one and a half times more than government aid in the United States, according to the Hudson Institute’s 2008 Index for Global Philanthropy.  Given these figures, what is the impact of philanthropy on U.S. foreign policy? Please join Carol Adelman and Jane Wales to discuss this issue, as well as the effect of the economic crisis on giving and global development.




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Is Aid Dead? A Discussion with Dambisa Moyo on Foreign Aid and Development

In her recently released book, Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa, Moyo offers a fresh critique of international development aid from an African perspective. Moyo's arguments for a new approach to African development are informed by her unique combination of Western education, professional experience at the World Bank and Goldman Sachs, and Zambian heritage.

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Reforming U.S. Foreign Aid

Please join a discussion led by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, with two representatives of the HELP Commission (Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Around the Globe) and the former president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank, on the reforms needed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of U.S. foreign aid. The HELP Commission was established by the U.S. Congress to determine how to achieve these goals, and our panel will review its current work as well as additional measures that can be taken to improve U.S. foreign assistance programs.  

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Global Economic Trends: The Business of Aid

The private sector is recognized as the engine of economic growth, and growth is recognized as a key condition for poverty alleviation. But effectively promoting private investment in the developing world has proven to be a major challenge for those in the field. Join R. Glenn Hubbard and Lars H. Thunell for a discussion of the relationship between foreign aid and local business in the developing world.


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