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Creative but Confused

Josh Rogin of The Cable blogged recently about what the development community has been quietly complaining about--the continuing delays in the two major reviews of development policy by the State Department and the National Security Council.

Added to this are the rising internal disagreements in the Obama administration about how to reconcile development and foreign policy goals. Simply put, how should the power over development policy be divided between the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)? USAID is our country’s prime development agency, but it is currently under the purview of the State Department.

World Food Prize laureate Rev. David Beckmann told The Cable, "The Obama administration is doing smart and creative things to help hungry and poor people around the world. But they are hung up by organizational confusion, and the president needs to make it clear that USAID, not the State Department, has lead responsibility for development."


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