Tuesday, February 10, 2009

US Leadership to Focus on Foreign Aid

The new US leadership is recognizing the importance of foreign assistance and the need for improving its efficiency.
"It is essential that the role of USAID and our other foreign assistance programs be strengthened, and be adequately funded, and be coordinated in a way that makes abundantly clear that the United States understands and supports development assistance," Says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Says Steve Radelet of Washington's Center for Global Development, "With the financial crisis, resources are going to be difficult to come by for everybody, but that does strengthen the case for streamlining and making every dollar for foreign assistance more efficient and building a strong professional agency."
Source: Reuters