U.S. foreign aid has reached a crisis point. While the amount of aid has increased in recent years, the way it is organized and delivered by the U.S. government has become increasingly fragmented and chaotic. The proliferation of federal agencies engaged in foreign aid has created serious disconnects and inefficiencies in the use of this important tool of U.S. foreign policy. It is time for a change. Here, two well-known experts who have worked extensively in the international development field provide some keen observations on the current disorganization of federal assistance and offer advice on how to make U.S. aid more effective. Several models for streamlining the organization of foreign aid are detailed and recommendations proffered. The authors argue that dramatic change in the way U.S. aid is organized and provided is urgently needed.
Foreword by Lael Brainard
A New Urgency: International Development and U.S. Foreign Policy
The Nature of Development
What Is Foreign Aid?
The Mission and Purposes of U.S. Foreign Aid
A Short History of Aid
Organizational Landscape of U.S. Foreign Aid
Structure and Processes of the U.S. Agency for International Development
The Political Context of U.S. International Assistance
Alternative Approaches: Other Aid-Giving Donor Countries
Foreign Aid in the Twenty-first Century
Challenges and Opportunities: Recommendations and Options for
Organizing U.S. Foreign Aid