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On Tuesday, June 12, 2007, Steve Radelet testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development, Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection on "Foreign Aid Reform: Successes, Failures, and Next Steps."
The Inter Press Service quotes CGD Senior Policy Associate Sheila Herrling's blog on the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.
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"That was echoed by Sheila Herrling of the Centre for Global Development (CGD), an influential think tank here, who cautioned that isolating diplomacy and development from other aspects of U.S. foreign policy, including defence, risked weakening the QDDR's impact.
"In order to truly make our diplomatic and development efforts more effective, they cannot be treated in isolation from the rest of our U.S. government policies and programs," she wrote on her CGD blog. "There needs to be much greater coordination and coherence between our diplomatic and development activities and that of defense, trade and investments in multilateral institutions to ensure that what we give with one hand we don't take away with the other."
Some analysts expressed concern that tying diplomacy and development so closely in the planning process could actually work to further subordinate USAID and the MCC to Washington's diplomatic goals, its national security interests, or even the State Department's bureaucratic culture, as one Republican foreign affairs staffer complained in response to Herrling's blogpost."
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Senior fellow Todd Moss considers the future of foreign aid in light of Dambiso Moyo’s book, Dead Aid, which argues that Western aid to Africa has brought more harm than help. The relevant question today, he argues, is not whether aid is good or bad, but rather how aid can be made to work better for both donors and the people of Africa.