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Yesterday President George Bush reported on his recent trip to Africa to members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs, and development policymakers at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. at an event hosted by the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation. President Bush relayed the details of what he called his "most exciting, exhilarating and uplifting trip" since becoming president and showed slides from his visits to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia. He argued Americans should be "mighty proud" of the work the U.S.
The role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in development can be contentious. Some consider faith in itself unempirical or irrational and thus unintelligent. Some think faith groups base their programs and policies on feelings rather than facts. Others worry that FBOs do not respect peoples' local beliefs and customs; they shudder at the thought of someone demanding conversion in exchange for life-saving medicine.
On the eve of U.S. President Bush's second trip to Africa, CGD senior fellow Steve Radelet reviews the administration's record on a continent that some are calling a rare bright spot for American foreign policy. In an interview with Bernard Gwertzman of the Council on Foreign Relations, Radelet discusses the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, the Millennium Challenge Account, and Darfur.
We are saddened to hear the news that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos (D-CA) passed away early this morning due to complications from esophageal cancer (see press release from his office).
On Friday, USAID Administrator and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Henrietta Fore unveiled to a standing-room-only CGD audience her much-awaited strategy for revitalizing our outdated foreign assistance apparatus in a speech titled Foreign Assistance: An Agenda for Reform. Four major actions drive her modernization plan: