Transforming Foreign Aid: United States Assistance in the 21st Century

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The phenomenon of foreign aid began at the end of World War II and has survived the Cold War. How should the United States now spend its foreign aid to support its interests and values in the new century? In this book, Carol Lancaster takes a fresh look at all US foreign aid programs and asks whether their purposes, organization, and management are appropriate to US interests and values in the world of the 21st century.

Lancaster finds that US aid in the new century, if it is to...

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Overview

The phenomenon of foreign aid began at the end of World War II and has survived the Cold War. How should the United States now spend its foreign aid to support its interests and values in the new century? In this book, Carol Lancaster takes a fresh look at all US foreign aid programs and asks whether their purposes, organization, and management are appropriate to US interests and values in the world of the 21st century.

Lancaster finds that US aid in the new century, if it is to be an effective tool of US foreign policy, needs to be transformed -- its purposes refocused and its organization and management brought into line with those purposes. Those purposes include support for peacemaking, addressing of transnational issues, providing for humane concerns, and responding to humanitarian emergencies. Traditional programs aimed at promoting development, democracy, and economic and political transitions in former socialist countries will not disappear but will have less priority than in the past. These new sets of purposes, promoting both US interests and values abroad, also offer a policy paradigm around which a new political consensus can be created that will support US aid in the 21st century.

Transforming Foreign Aid will be of particular interest to professors, students, and researchers of international affairs, foreign policy, political science, and political economy.

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Carol Lancaster
Carol Lancaster, Visiting Fellow 1987-91; 1996-98; and 2000, was deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs 1980-81. She is the author of African Economic Reform: The External Dimension 1991 and other works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881322910
  • Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 The Phenomenon of Foreign Aid 9
What is Foreign Aid? 9
How Much US Aid 10
Other US Foreign Aid Programs 12
Trends in US Aid 14
US Aid in a World of Foreign Assistance 15
Foreign Aid in Total Financial Flows 16
2 The Purposes and Organization of US Foreign Aid Today 17
Purposes 17
The Management of US Foreign Aid 28
The Organization of US Foreign Aid 31
Purposes, Organizations, and Programs: First Cut at a Matrix 32
3 The Politics of Foreign Aid 35
The Budgetary Process and Foreign Aid 35
Actors and Interactions 39
Conclusion 54
4 US Foreign Aid in the Probable World of the 21st Century 57
The Probable World of the New Century 57
Three Major Trends 58
Summing Up 85
5 Organizing for a New Century 89
The Organization of US Aid in the New Century 89
Getting From Here to There 94
Appendix A A Brief Description of Organizations Funded by US Aid 97
Appendix B Assumptions and Estimates for Aid Matrix 102
Index 105
Tables
Table 1.1 US foreign aid, 2000 11
Table 2.1 Organizations funded with US foreign aid 32
Table 2.2 US foreign aid matrix: Purposes, programs, organizations, and budget (fiscal year 1998) 33
Table 3.1 The budgetary process for foreign aid: USAID 36
Table 3.2 Child survival and disease programs as part of total Development Assistance 48
Table 4.1 Refugees and relief, 1991-98 60
Table 4.2 Projected world population 62
Table 4.3 Foreign direct investment in the developing world 77
Table 4.4 Economic growth in the developing world 78
Figures
Figure 1.1 US foreign aid, 1986-2000 14
Figure 1.2 Net official Development Assistance, 1990-98 16
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