As Molly Lester from USGLC reports, five former Secretaries of State came out in support of the International Affairs Budget with a letter to Congress earlier this week. On the ONE blog, Lester writes:
“This week, five former Secretaries of State, representing both Democrats and Republican administrations, sent a letter to Congress raising concerns about additional cuts to diplomacy and development programs in the FY12 appropriations. Former Secretaries Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz wrote they “have seen first‐hand how the International Affairs Budget is a strategic investment to advance America’s interests throughout the world” and urge members of Congress to oppose devastating cuts to these vital programs.”
Read the rest here.
Speaking of Secretaries of State, this week’s ONE Act a Week asks ONE members to show current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that we care about aid effectiveness in light of the upcoming summit in Busan. MFAN member Sara Messer explains the ask in more detail on the blog here. Specifically, ONE asks:
“US leadership on aid effectiveness is critical to ensure that governments are held accountable and people in developing countries get the resources they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Please encourage participants at Busan to make bold and measurable commitments on transparency, accountability, and results to empower citizens in developing countries with the information and tools they need to achieve sustainable development outcomes.”
Be sure to show you support aid effectiveness by completing the form here!