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Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance - June 2013  


President Obama is on his second trip to Africa this week, making stops in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. It's an opportunity for the administration to put its global development policy into practice. Obama will aim to link US aid to trade and investment in Africa and is widely expected to launch a new power initiative. Meanwhile, a good policy proposal to reform US food aid failed in the House of Representatives despite bipartisan support. My colleague Kim Elliott thinks new US Trade Representative Michael Froman could help. And as Congress tries to settle a $10 billion difference in FY2014 House and Senate foreign aid spending bills, I wish there were more data on the Foreign Assistance Dashboard about where and how the US invests to inform the tough choices ahead.

Stay tuned,

Sarah Jane Staats

Director, Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance

Obama in Africa

President Obama is visiting Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania this week. Here's what to expect, plus six high-impact, low cost policy ideas the president could deliver, and how US immigration reforms could hurt US-Africa relations.

Food Aid Fail, Froman Fix?

The Royce-Engel amendment to reform US food aid failed 203-220 in the House last week, despite bipartisan support. Kim Elliott says new US Trade Representative Michael Froman could help by linking US food aid reforms to international trade negotiations and leveraging reform to end European export subsidies.

Dashboard Dash

Sarah Jane Staats joins Lawrence MacDonald on the Global Prosperity Wonkcast to discuss CGD's US Foreign Assistance Dashboard Tracker that is keeping an eye on which of the 22 US agencies that spend aid are sharing data and which need to catch up.

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