Some years ago, after the Jubilee 2000 debt-cancellation campaign wound down, Bono and other activists founded a group called DATA, based here in Washington, DC.
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It is nearly a year since the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations met in Gleneagles in Scotland against the background of a popular campaign for the rich nations to do more to reduce global poverty. So it seems a good time to take stock of whether the commitments made at Gleneagles are being met. Several new reports do just that:
At a packed event last week launching the Brookings-CSIS book Security by Other Means: Foreign Assistance, Global Poverty and American Leadership, attendees from think tanks, congressional committees, government agencies and NGOs discussed the challenges of transforming U.S. foreign aid for the 21st century.
Washington – The Bush administration today abruptly suspended financial assistance to Ghana through its new Millennium Challenge Account (MCC), indefinitely postponing the schedule for signing a new compact in July. News of the suspension came the day after Ghana’s 2-1 victory in the World Cup. MCC CEO John Danilovich said the suspension was not because of any failure on Ghana’s part in the traditional MCC focus areas of ruling justly, investing in people, and economic freedom. He said "It’s a new area of concern.
The State Department’s new office of the director of U.S. foreign assistance, led by Randall Tobias, has released a foreign assistance framework (pdf) for “planning, budgeting, and reporting clearly set targets for meeting goals” for transformational development.