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Evaluation, Evaluation Everywhere: IOM Progress on Evaluating the Impact of PEPFAR

Within the beltway and across newspaper headlines, PEPFAR is widely perceived as a very successful US foreign assistance program. Without fail, mentions of PEPFAR’s success all reference the same single measure: currently PEPFAR supports 2.4 million people on ARV treatment.

Interestingly, these broad perceptions of success exist despite the fact that, or maybe because, there has never been a systematic evaluation of PEPFAR’s impact. However, that is in the process of changing.

Clinton Stresses the Need to Re-balance Health Assistance Away from AIDS Treatment

Secretary Hillary Clinton’s ’s vision of the future role of foreign assistance in US foreign policy, as outlined in her address hosted here at the CGD on January 6, is ambitious, nuanced and inspiring. Bill Easterly takes issue with Clinton’s list of priority interventions, saying that it is too long to be consistent with her stated intention to “target” and to be “selective,” but I disagree.