Time for a Cabinet-Level U.S. Department of Global Development

January 28, 2008

The White House cabinet roomCGD president Nancy Birdsall and senior fellow Steve Radelet urge the next U.S. president to create a Cabinet-level Department of Global Development. "We hope that our next president will believe, as we do, that investing in global development is an investment in America';s future--strengthening its security, its economic opportunities, and its moral values," they write. "Establishing a Department of Global Development to manage our foreign assistance -- both bilateral and multilateral -- and other development policy instruments would streamline the currently fragmented bureaucracy…and leverage U.S. dollars and influence to get results. It would establish development as the primary mission of U.S. foreign assistance, elevating development to equal standing with diplomacy and defense as the three key pillars of U.S. foreign policy."