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Opportunity for Reform: Four Proposals for Redesigning US Foreign Assistance

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm


George Ingram, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and MFAN co-chair and co-author of A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose

Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development and co-author of A Practical Vision for US Development Reform

James M. Roberts, Research Fellow for Economic Freedom and Growth, The Heritage Foundation and co-author of a forthcoming background report on foreign aid reform

Nilmini Rubin, Vice President, Tetra Tech and Member of the CSIS Task Force on Reforming and Reorganizing US Foreign Assistance

Erol Yayboke, Deputy Director and Fellow, Project on US Leadership in Development, CSIS and co-author of Reforming and Reorganizing US Foreign Assistance


Cindy Huang, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development and co-author of A Practical Vision for US Development Reform

With plans for a redesign of the State Department and United States Agency for International Development well under way, this is a critical moment for an informed discussion of the latest reforms proposals that will make US foreign assistance more effective and efficient. Please join us for a bipartisan debate featuring authors of four recent reports that outline options for reform and reorganization of US global development functions.

The event will bring to light key areas of consensus and divergence among experts, and will aim to highlight emerging organizing principles for the future of US foreign assistance, potential structural changes to the US global development architecture, and opportunities for building momentum in a fluid political and legislative environment. We’ll ask each panelist to present an overview of their report’s main recommendations, followed by a moderated debate to draw out significant differences and establish common ground. And if you have yet to do so, check out the individual proposals from CGD, CSIS, and MFAN. (Full Heritage Foundation proposal forthcoming, see a snapshot here.)

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Wednesday September 13
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. 

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