Foreign aid reform ‘cannot be ignored’

Early signs of US foreign aid reform; including Secretary Clinton’s first ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), support for both Howard Berman’s Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009 and its related bill launched by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry, as well as the continued effort by the Obama administration to change US development policy has all given cause for optimism and as such should not be ignored.

The article in the Huffington Post by President of Bread for the World, David Beckmann, called for ‘fundamental and comprehensive [aid] reform now’ optimistic of the US government’s steps towards this change. He addressed the need for ‘a more modern foreign aid system’ and highlighted the early signs of aid reform for changing the current ‘fragmented, duplicitous and non-transparent’ US foreign assistance system.

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