Change in U.S. development policy has been a long time coming, but we expect to learn more details this week when President Obama speaks at the UN Millennium Development Goal Summit and the UN General Assembly. Change for CGD’s Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Initiative similarly started back in January but embarks on a new chapter today too.The administration has been working on its two major development policy reviews for more than a year, and the President’s speech at the MDG Summit on Wednesday will reportedly reflect the recommendations of the National Security Council review. Here’s what I’ll be listening for:
- Will a new approach set clear objectives for U.S. development policy – goals that are meaningful and attainable?
- Will the new development policy represent an appropriate role for U.S. global leadership? How will the U.S. engage with other donors and developing countries to achieve the MDGs?
- How will the new policy be implemented in a way that improves both the effectiveness and efficiencies of U.S. programs?
- How will the policy rationalize who (U.S. government agencies and international donors) does what, where, and why?
- Will the new policy provide for increased accountability and transparency in U.S. aid programs?
- How will recent initiatives – Feed the Future, the Global Health Initiative – fit into a new development policy?
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