Fairfield, Conn. (July 6, 2016) —
The bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and
Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 3766) unanimously passed the House of
Representatives last night, following unanimous passage by the Senate last week.The bill will now head to President Obama for
Save the Children thanks bill sponsors
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives Ted Poe
(R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) for their committed leadership to increase the
accountability of U.S. foreign assistance resources.This important legislation will require that
detailed foreign assistance information be regularly updated on the ForeignAssistance.gov
website.It also requires that
development and economic assistance be rigorously monitored and evaluated.
“As the United States faces an ever-growing
number of humanitarian and development challenges around the world, effective
U.S. foreign assistance is more important than ever.Recognizing that our resources are limited,
we must be doing all that we can to use them most effectively so that they can
have the most impact on those in need around the world,” said Carolyn Miles,
Save the Children President and CEO and Co-Chair of the Modernizing Foreign
Access to clear and detailed information about
aid projects that is compatible with international standards enables people
living in developing and donor countries to hold their governments accountable
for development outcomes.The U.S.
government has taken significant steps in the right direction in recent years,
launching the foreignassistance.gov website and committing to increased
transparency with other global donors.Enacting this legislation ensures that this progress can be built upon
when a new administration and Congress are sworn in next year.
Save the Children gives children in the United
States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and
protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis
and for our future.
Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the
Children, serves as co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, a
reform coalition composed of international development practitioners and
experts as well as concerned citizens and private sector organizations. MFAN
works to make U.S foreign assistance more effective and transparent.
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