Initiating Foreign Aid Reform Act

Bread for the World recently made us at the farm aware of a bill in the House dealing with foreign aid reform HR 2139 (Initiating Foreign Aid Reform Act). It doesn’t take much research to realize that our foreign aid system is in desperate need of help. They are hoping to get 100 co-sponsors for the bill. Here’s the talking points from their email:

This bill is a good first step in making our nation’s foreign assistance more effective and streamlined:

  • It requires the president to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy for global development and includes other reforms to make U.S. foreign assistance more accountable and transparent.
  • U.S. foreign assistance has helped reduce child deaths, improve agricultural capacity, and increase school enrollment. But more lives can be saved if we improve the way foreign aid is delivered.
  • By making our foreign assistance more efficient and effective, it will have a greater impact on poor and hungry people around the world. Please cosponsor this important reform bill, H.R. 2139.

You can go to Bread for the World’s website to find your representative’s number and give them a call. Please help us take this step toward ending hunger and poverty by making a phone call. I did and it only took a couple minutes.

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2 thoughts on “Initiating Foreign Aid Reform Act

  1. JSC5

    It’s great to see advocacy for improving foreign aid in the US, and I really appreciate the work of sites like WWJE in mobilizing support for combating world hunger.

    I would like to point out, however, that i today’s world we need more than just single-issue advocacy in foreign aid. I’ve written more about it here http://jointstock.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/the-basics/

    I think we need to move from an issue-advocacy model of foreign aid to a model that focuses on comprehensive service delivery over a defined region.

    Reply

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