Save the Children Celebrates Unanimous Passage of Foreign Aid Accountability Bill in Congress
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 his signature.
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 Assistance Network.
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.
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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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