Foreign Aid Reform Takes Major Step Forward

On December 15, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the much anticipated Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). The QDDR is a broad assessment of how U.S. foreign aid can be made more effective and accountable. Many analysts agree this is a major step towards foreign aid reform, and it will put a new focus on results and transparency. Key goals emphasized in the report include:

  • Build America's civilian power, bringing together the contributions of civilians across the federal government to advance U.S. interests.
  • Elevate and transform development to deliver results by focusing our investments, supporting innovation, and measuring results.
  • Build a civilian capacity to prevent and respond to crisis and conflict and give our military the partner it needs and deserves.
  • Change the way we do business by working smarter to save money, planning and budgeting to accomplish our priorities, and measuring the results of our investments.

In addition, the State Department and USAID launched the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. This website provides a visual presentation of and access to key foreign assistance budget and appropriation data. The goal of the Foreign Assistance Dashboard is to give a wide variety of stakeholders the ability to examine, research, and track U.S. foreign aid investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format.

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