CRS Report on Foreign Assistance Reform

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report on foreign assistance reform analyzing recommendations from 14 organizations, including MFAN network members the Brookings Institution (BRK), the Center for Global Development (CGD), the Center for U.S. Global Engagement (CGE), InterAction, and Oxfam America.

The following is an excerpt from the report:

“Most development and foreign policy experts view U.S. foreign assistance as a valuable activity that addresses many important policy goals, including alleviating poverty and hunger overseas, acquiring a sense of self-worth by the American people, attaining a favorable image around the world, and promoting broader U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. While the 14 studies surveyed by CRS emphasize different aspects of the importance of U.S. foreign assistance, all agree that foreign assistance must be reformed to improve its effectiveness. Only one of the recommendation categories—enhancing civilian agency resources—has the support of all of the studies covered in this report. The next two most-often cited recommendations are (1) raising development to equal status with diplomacy and defense; and (2) increasing the emphasis of U.S. foreign aid to be more needs-based, with recipient governments taking ownership of both identifying needs and taking responsibility for using aid to meet them.”

CRS report cover  Please find the full report here.



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