Relaunch of Guiding Principles for Effective Foreign Assistance: More Than 170 Agree

By , Promoting Prosperity Worldwide

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) has announced that more than 170 organizations and individuals have endorsed their Guiding Principles for Effective Foreign Assistance—up from 100 when first released in August. VEGA is proud to have joined this diverse group, which includes international development non-profits and coalitions, private companies, faith-based groups and foreign-policy experts. The broad bipartisan group asserts that, “any reorganization or reform of development programs should be conducted jointly with Congress and the development community and guided by these principles, a review of aid programs and a Global Development Strategy.”

The Principles are:

  1. Foreign assistance structures should uphold diplomacy and development as distinct but equal.
  2. Foreign assistance should help create the conditions under which it is no longer necessary.
  3. Foreign assistance should be focused on countries where the need is greatest or where it can have the most impact.
  4. Foreign assistance should be transparent and accountable to American taxpayers and local stakeholders.
  5. Foreign assistance should tap the best practices in development across the U.S. Government and international partners

View the 170 endorsements and learn more about these Principles and structural requirements for effective foreign assistance here.