Organizing U.S. Foreign Aid

Organizing U.S. Foreign Aid: Confronting the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

Carol Lancaster
Ann Van Dusen
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 78
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    Organizing U.S. Foreign Aid
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    Overwhelmed by a proliferation of foreign aid programs, the U.S. government is attempting to reorganize itself in order to manage them more effectively. This raises several critical issues that will shape U.S. foreign aid policy for the 21st century: Should existing foreign aid agencies be combined into a cabinet-level agency, ensuring a voice for development concerns during policy discussions, or should they be placed in the State Department to strengthen their foreign policy focus? How should aid agencies manage the planning, implementation, and evaluation of their aid? Is "managing for results" as currently practiced appropriate for what is often a highly experimental task of bringing about beneficial changes in foreign countries? How should the U.S. government educate its citizens on the issues of foreign aid and development as expenditures rise and as the ambitious goals driving aid -including nation building -expand? In Organizing Foreign Aid, Carol Lancaster and Ann Van Dusen call for a fundamental reorganization of U.S. aid programs. They recommend a major increase in efforts at development education. The authors also provide insights into how other donor governments have dealt with these challenges. With the future of U.S. foreign aid policy at stake, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in development, foreign aid, and the organization of government programs in these areas.

    eISBN: 978-0-8157-9782-1
    Subjects: Business, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. vii-xii)
    Lael Brainard

    With a reinvigorated administration starting to define its priorities, the time is ripe to shape the debate over U.S. foreign assistance. The recent tsunami tragedy in the Indian Ocean, the war on terrorism, and instability in the Middle East have created an environment where the nation’s leaders are willing to consider afresh the organizational framework and strategic purpose of U.S. foreign aid. And the need for such reform is obvious: a recent Brookings study counted more than fifty stated objectives for foreign assistance, and the daunting multiplicity of foreign aid objectives is further complicated by a plethora of U.S. entities...

  4. Organizing U.S. Foreign Aid Confronting the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
    (pp. 1-66)

    In September 2002 the White House published a new National Security Strategy for the United States. It was the first fundamental restatement of American foreign policy since the end of the cold war and highlighted three major U.S. goals in the world: defense (especially against terrorism), diplomacy, and development. Earlier that year, the president had announced the creation of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), with proposed funding of $5 billion per year, representing a major increase in U.S. aid for international development. The MCA was to be administered through a new independent agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Then, in January...

  5. Notes
    (pp. 67-72)
  6. Index
    (pp. 73-78)