Foreign Aid


Reforming U.S. Foreign Aid (Audio)

Speakers: Mary K. Bush, James A. Harmon, and Leo J. Hindery
Presider: Nicholas D. Kristof

Listen to experts discuss U.S. foreign aid reform and the upcoming report of the HELP Commission, established by Congress to determine ways to make U.S. foreign aid more effective.

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Reforming U.S. Foreign Aid [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Speakers: Mary K. Bush, Leo J. Hindery, and James A. Harmon

The panels from the HELP Commission discuss how 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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Do No Harm: The Global Health Challenge

Speaker: Laurie Garrett
Presider: Gideon Rose

A discussion of Garrett’s newest Foreign Affairs article:

A flood of public and private money has started to flow to the developing world, funding a vast array of efforts to combat AIDS, TB, malaria, and other killer diseases. Unfortunately, writes Garrett, much of that “is leaking away without result,” doing little to improve basic public health on the ground.

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