by TransAfrica Forum
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, early 1993?
1 page
Type: Statement
Coverage in Africa: Africa, Egypt
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The statement summarizes a policy brief by the Forum's Scholars Advisory Council Issues Committee on Reconceptualization and Restructuring of Economic Development Assistance, and Multilateralism, whose members are Dr. A. Lynn Bolles, Dr. Herschelle Challenor, Dr. Dorith Grant-Wisdom, Dr. Willard Johnson, and Dr. Cherri Waters. The brief discusses how bilateral assistance should be rethought and reorganized. The authors argue that foreign assistance is in the U.S. national interest because of its beneficial impact on trade, security, and the environment. The central mission of U.S. foreign assistance in the post-Cold War era should be supporting equitable economic development in the developing world. The paper calls for reallocating foreign assistance away for military aid towards economic assistance, and away from higher income countries such as Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Greece, Spain, and South Korea, with no less than 40% of foreign assistance going to the poorest countries of the world.  No government-to-government assistance should be given to governments that are human rights abusers, and all forms of military assistance should be eliminated except for that which goes toward defense conversion. Funding should be increased for the Peace Corps, Inter-American Foundation, and African Development Foundation because of their grassroots focus and poverty alleviation missions. The Agency for International Development's administration of U.S. foreign assistance has been mismanaged; an autonomous International Agency for Cooperation and Development should be created. Greater inter-agency coordination of U.S. economic, security, and development policies is needed. The  U.S. contributes only 0.2% of its gross domestic product to foreign aid, the lowest percentage of any industrialized nation except Ireland. The U.S. consumes a great share of the world's resources, so it has an obligation to assist others more than it presently does.
Used by permission of TransAfrica Forum.
Collection: Private collection of Willard Johnson