|An Open Letter to President Obama on the U.S. Commitment to Global Development|
The International Women's Health Coalition and many other organizations have joined forces with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) to change the way the United States funds international development. To sign the letter, visit the MFAN website.
Dear Mr. President,
We applaud your strong leadership on reducing poverty and promoting economic growth worldwide, as exemplified by Feed the Future, the Global Health Initiative, and your consistent support for elevating development as a pillar of U.S. foreign policy.
Despite the promise of these new programs and the visionary “New Approach to Advancing Development” for the U.S. that you endorsed at the recent G8 Summit, we do not believe our country can truly empower poor people to realize a more prosperous and secure future if we don’t change the way we do business with respect to foreign assistance and development. We currently rely on an inefficient, dispersed system that has grown in a disjointed, haphazard manner without any coherent strategy as to how the parts work together to achieve our goals.
It is time to bring our tools for delivering foreign aid into the 21st Century so that we can do more with precious taxpayer dollars to help those in need. Change is needed now, because effective foreign assistance and a smart approach to development have never been more important to the success of U.S. foreign policy.
We believe the American people will strongly support this effort to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective at delivering results for people in the developing world pursuant to our national interests. We pledge our energy and resolve to help you in these efforts.