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WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 12, 2012) — Save the Children strongly supports replacing the outdated Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 with the modernized and streamlined Global Partnerships Act, and stands ready to welcome the passage of this bill.
Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA), Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, will be introducing the legislation today. The bill is the first opportunity to overhaul the Foreign Assistance Act and promises to ensure that United States foreign aid architecture is among the most efficient and effective in the world.
The Global Partnerships Act will bring U.S. assistance into the 21st century by establishing a coherent framework for streamlining cooperation between Congress, the executive branch, and civil society. By requiring a comprehensive U.S. Strategy for Global Development every four years, it will guarantee a foreign assistance strategy that is clear, specific and current.
"We would like to thank Congressman Berman and his staff for undertaking the monumental task of drafting this thoughtful and comprehensive bill," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "The Global Partnerships Act will reaffirm the work that we have all been doing to ensure that aid reaches children and families who need it most."
Save the Children commends the drafting process of the bill, which was open and involved key civil society stakeholders. Passage of the legislation would significantly advance Save the Children's long-standing commitment to supporting poverty-focused development assistance, integrating comprehensive global health services, investing in local partners and improving accountability for results.
"We welcome the opportunity to work even more closely with partners in different sectors," said Miles. "In a time of budget negotiations and the looming fiscal cliff, it is more important than ever to reaffirm our support for effective U.S. foreign assistance. We'll never meet the critical needs of children unless we work together."
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in more than 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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