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The QDDR is Coming...

It’s got an unwieldy name -- the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review -- but the results of this study could help make U.S. foreign aid assistance more effective in promoting development and reducing poverty. This was the goal of Bread’s Offering of Letters campaign last year.

Conducted by the State Department, the QDDR takes a look at all aspects of U.S. development policy; the goal is to harmonize the work of foreign assistance programs that are currently scattered across the U.S. government. The complete review will be finished this summer, but initial results are expected soon.

If you’d like to keep tabs on the QDDR, as well as the impact its results may have, check out the new blog series from the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), a coalition of international development and foreign policy organizations.

In the series’ third installment, David Beckman, Bread president and co-chair of MFAN, writes that unless the United States has a strong development agency that can think clearly about what’s good for poor people, our foreign assistance is unlikely to reduce poverty effectively. “Reducing poverty around the world is important to U.S. national security,” he writes, “but our government will not be as effective in reducing poverty if our self-interest motives are mixed into the planning at every step in the process.”

For MFAN’s quick short takes on foreign assistance reform (140 characters or less), sign up for their Twitter updates.

 

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