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Reforming Foreign Aid: We're All in this Together

I was gratified when I received an e-mail from another justice-oriented organization (Oxfam America) this week talking about an "impressive group of over 140 businesses, non-profits and former leaders from the government and military" who had signed a letter urging President Barack Obama and Congress to make modernization of our foreign assistance programs a priority.  It also urges that global development become a "co-equal pillar" of U.S. foreign policy alongside defense and diplomacy. 

Sound familiar?  Of course.  This is what we're urging congregations and groups around the country to write in their letters to Congress through our 2009 Offering of Letters.  

Listed among the more than 140 groups and individuals signing the letter is Bread for the World, represented by our president David Beckmann.  The group is actually part of a coalition known as the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN).

What is gratifying about this letter is that it is a reminder that we're not alone in this effort.  Many other organizations who have in the past joined with us in The ONE Campaign are also involved in MFAN and have signed this letter, including secular and denominational partners.  This letter could potentially give some of our denominational partners the opportunity to use the Bread for the World 2009 Offering of Letters to encourage their constituents participate in the effort to reform foreign aid.

With all these voices joining in the call to improve foreign assistance, I think we have a good chance of making it happen.


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