Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Great Resource on Foreign Aid

As you probably know by now, Bread for the World's Offering of Letters for 2011 will resume our efforts to promote foreign aid reform (not that we abandoned them last year.  They're coming back to the forefront). Bread will advocate for a stronger U.S. government focus on reducing poverty, clearer accountability for how aid dollars are spent, a transformed U.S. development agency, and U.S. aid that meets the needs and wants of local people.  Here is the link to Bread's Offering of Letters site.  And a video

As you know, we are not alone in the effort to make foreign aid more responsive to the needs of poor and hungry people around the world.  Organizations like Oxfam America are also very much on top of this effort.   I also want to highlight the work of InteraAction, which has put together a fabulous Foreign Assistance Briefing Book    Check it out.

InterAction is pleased to release its second Foreign Assistance Briefing Book (FABB). The book outlines the U.S.-based international nonprofit community’s views on foreign assistance challenges expected to be at the forefront of the 112th Congress and the remaining two years of the Obama administration’s first term.
Sixteen key areas and sectors are featured, including climate change, food security and agriculture, health, urban poverty and U.S. government funding trends, with specific problems highlighted and suggested recommendations. All of the factual information is drawn from InterAction member organizations’ with decades of experience working in the developing world.

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