Tanya Weinberg, 202-640-6647(o), 202-247-6610(c)
WASHINGTON, DC (September 8, 2011) – Save the Children hailed draft legislation released today as another important step taken over the past year to bring U.S. foreign assistance into the 21st Century. The “Global Partnership Act of 2011,” proposed by Representative Howard Berman (D-CA), would modernize and streamline United States foreign assistance programs, strengthen U.S. efforts to reduce poverty and improve health and critical conditions for children and their families in developing countries, Save the Children said.
“The Foreign Assistance Act was written in another era. If we want our U.S. dollars to go as far as they can in alleviating poverty, feeding the hungry, improving health and educating children around the world, we desperately need to modernize the law that governs this assistance,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children.
“We urge Congress to get behind the main ideas in this draft bill and make sure foreign aid has the greatest impact possible,” Miles added. “Especially in this tight budget environment, we applaud Representative Berman’s work to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of international development and humanitarian programs, which are vital for children and their families.”
The Global Partnership Act of 2011 builds on Representative Berman’s previous work to reform the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Advancing such legislation is critical to ensuring U.S. foreign assistance has maximum impact by improving coordination across U.S. government agencies, supporting local ownership and long-term sustainability of U.S. relief and development initiatives, and increasing planning and external coordination to make the most of scarce resources together with partner governments, donors and development partners, Save the Children said.
“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration and partner organizations to move these reforms forward,” said Miles. “A strong commitment from Congress and the administration to strengthen foreign assistance is necessary to fulfill U.S. commitments to global partners and U.S. taxpayers, reduce poverty, and create lasting change for children around the world.”
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