Foreign Aid


Danilovich: New Aid Program ‘Aggressively Engaged’ in Reforms for the Developing World

John Danilovich interviewed by Robert McMahon

John Danilovich, chief executive of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, says the organization has become more aggressively engaged with developing nations in pressing economic reforms and is now disbursing aid more efficiently. Congress is on course to provide its highest funding levels yet for the program.

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Boston Review: Making AId Work

Author: Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee argues that filling out aid forms and geographically coordinating where aid goes could improve the efficiency and efficacy of aid. Banerjee's primary example is the earthquake in Pakistan where some villages ended up with many trunks of aid from different donors whiles others were left waiting for their first consignment. Economists argue that coordination is urgent and not very difficult.

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Center for Strategic and International Studies: "Review of U.S. Assistance Programs to Egypt"

Text of the statement before the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia by Jon B. Alterman (Director, Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies) arguing that US aid to Egypt remains a valuable part of US policy in the Middle East despite dissatisfaction on both sides.

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Analysis Brief

Israeli-Palestinian Violence Flares

A series of events—the latest an Israeli shelling Tuesday which killed at least nine—has shattered the relative calm between Israel and the Palestinians since the election of Hamas in January. Responding to an earlier shelling which Israel denies, Hamas called off a self-imposed truce and raised fears of a new round of Palestinian-Israeli violence.

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Kipper: Palestinian Economic Desperation May Radicalize Population

Judith Kipper interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Judith Kipper says the economic boycott of the Hamas government has created a major crisis in the Palestinian territories: "The situation is extremely dangerous because the humanitarian despair is really, really drastic, particularly in Gaza: people are hungry and dying." She says both Israel and the United States miscalculated when they sought to cut off the newly-elected Hamas government from international aid.

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Seeking a Foreign Aid Focus

The U.S. State Department, linking development to national security, is taking steps to improve coordination of the country’s fragmented foreign assistance programs. The moves hark back to the foreign aid goals of the Marshall Plan, but are seen by many as too limited.

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