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The goal is to achieve goal #1 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ~ to cut in half the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. To reach this goal we need to be smart and focused about foreign aid. Currently, government global development policies and programs are scattered across 12 departments, 25 different agencies, and 60 government offices. Our nation’s foreign assistance programs need to be brought into the 21st. century.

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We can do our part by supporting the following bills in Congress:

H.R. 2139, The Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009

  1. Requires the president to develop and implement a comprehensive National Strategy for Global Development.
  2. Requires the president to develop and implement a rigorous system to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of U.S. foreign assistance.
  3. Requires that both American taxpayers and recipients of U.S. foreign assistance have full access to information on U.S. foreign assistance
  4. Repeals several outdated provisions of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and

S.1524, The Foreign Assistance Revitalization & Accountability Act.

  1. A statement finding the promotion of global development, good governance, and the reduction of poverty and hunger as U.S. policy.
  2. Rebuilds the policy and strategic planning capacity at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  3. Establishes a Council on research and Evaluation of Foreign Assistance (CORE) to evaluate the impact of foreign assistance programs.
  4. Begins the rebuilding of USAID’s human resource capacity.
  5. Strengthens development coordination in the field by bringing clarity to roles.
  6. Increases transparency.
  7. Begins reform of USAID Administrative Expenses.

To learn more about these bills go to www.bread.org.