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Molly Kinder, a former CGD senior policy analyst, is a consultant supporting the design and startup of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF). GIF is a new investment vehicle in London that will pilot, rigorously test, and scale innovative development solutions.
Previously, Kinder served in the Obama administration as director of special programs at USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures program. She was also director of agriculture and Europe policy at the ONE Campaign and deputy chair of the poverty track at the Clinton Global Initiative. She has worked in India, Pakistan, and Liberia with the World Bank and the government of Liberia. Kinder served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman Security Fellow, and was ranked in the “Top 99 under 33” in foreign policy by Diplomatic Courier. Her media appearances include CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, USA Today, TimeMagazine, and the Boston Globe. Kinder has a master’s degree in public administration in international development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Today on ForeignPolicy.com, we’ve written an op/ed with our colleague Molly Kinder that makes the case for why the United States should do everything possible to help Pakistan rebuild basic infrastructure in the areas devastated by this summer’s catastrophic floods. Here, we wanted to expand on one of the points from that op/ed—the debate over repurposing money from the existing $7.5 U.S. aid commitment, authorized a year ago by what’s called the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill.
The question of how much can and should be repurposed from Kerry-Lugar-Berman is dividing policymakers in Congress and in the Obama administration. The House of Representatives has already passed a resolution that, among other things, “supports the use of funds authorized by [Kerry-Lugar-Berman] for the purposes of providing long-term recovery and rehabilitation for flood-affected areas and populations.”
This essay draws on the work of the Center for Global Development's
Study Group on U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan and on the ideas in the group's open letters to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to present five recommendations for spending aid money well in Pakistan.
This is a joint post with Wren Elhai and Molly Kinder.
The news of Osama bin Laden’s death in a hideout in Pakistan raises fresh questions about the future of the U.S. development program in that country. That bin Laden was found in the army town of Abbottabad - the Pakistani equivalent of West Point -- has fueled suspicions that Pakistan’s leaders have been unhelpful at best and double dealing at worst. Some are asking: if Pakistan won’t help the United States, why should American taxpayers keep giving them so much foreign aid?
WASHINGTON, D.C.(June 1, 2011)-U.S. and Pakistani development experts are urging a substantial revamp of the U.S. approach to Pakistan, saying that U.S. efforts to build prosperity in the nuclear-armed nation with a fledgling democratic government, burgeoning youth population, and shadowy intelligence services are not yet on course.