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Foreign Assistance Reforms: Successes, Failures, and Next Steps - Steve Radelet's Responses to Questions for the Congressional Record

January 16, 2010

In his response to Senator Richard Lugar's (R-IN) questions for the congressional record following a June 2007 hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development, Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection, Steve Radelet urges reform of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and calls on the U.S. to support the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation. Radelet, who leads CGD's foreign aid efforts, says that the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which was designed for the Cold War era, no longer applies to the current foreign assistance apparatus. He suggests a new FAA, that would stem earmarks and review the FAA's current human rights and other restrictions. Radelet also suggest that U.S. support of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation will both reform ineffective development programs and build a knowledge base for the future implementation of effective development programs.

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