US foreign assistance “should be held to rigorous standard

In an article in the Seattle Times, members of the Initiative for Global Development Leadership Council – Gerald Grinstein and William D. Ruckelshaus – highlighted the need for US foreign assistance to be accountable and transparent.

The article noted programs like the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as worthy systems for US administration to follow in order to reinforce accountability and aid transparency. Grinstein and Ruckelshaus further stated that “countries ought to know what level of funding to expect and over what period of time, giving them the confidence to plan long-term”.

Too often “aid programs have been measured by how much has been spent rather than the results that have been achieved”. An increase in transparency and accountability of US foreign assistance will therefore see a move towards better aid effectiveness.

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