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Last week, CGD launched a new video to help convey why the next president needs to give U.S. foreign assistance policy something akin to an extreme makeover. "Bring U.S. Foreign Assistance into the 21st Century" has since been watched on YouTube by nearly 10,000 people and many have taken the time to send us their thoughts. The overwhelming response from viewers is: this video is "fun," "short" and "makes the point" but that they want more details of the underlying policy analysis and recommendations.
Many of the policymakers I talk to in Washington tell me they care about foreign aid and global development but that the "American people" don't want to hear about it and aren't interested in the policy details. So the enthusiastic call from people wanting to learn more is music to my ears. It also signals the video is doing what we hoped: spurring interest among viewers to learn more about policy and the details that can't be captured in a one minute video clip.
So now that appetites have been whetted, I encourage viewers to read the following research and analysis of how U.S. foreign assistance should be brought into the 21st century and what the next president can do to make sure that happens:
Impact '08: Building a Better, Safer World. The Center for U.S. Global Engagement's policy framework calling on the 2008 presidential candidates to elevate and strengthen support for development assistance and diplomacy.
And keep your eyes open for the June 10th launch of "New Day, New Way: U.S. Foreign Assistance for the 21st Century," a report endorsed by several of the country's top foreign assistance and global development experts. The launch will feature opening remarks from House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY).