The US Government Accountability Office released a report on the foreign aid reform today. The headline was—comprehensive strategy, interagency coordination, and operational improvements would bolster current aid efforts.
In the response to the report, Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, made the following statement:
"The State Department was asked to solve a complicated leadership and political problem with management tools like databases.
US foreign assistance doesn’t just need databases right now. What it needs to become more effective is someone to step up and lead us out of this quagmire.
We are starting to see this leadership. Secretary Clinton has made it clear US foreign assistance needs a fresh start. Congressman Berman is promising some eagerly anticipated legislation on aid reform.
This new leadership has the opportunity to deliver a National Strategy for Global Development that will reign in a sprawling assistance program, focus US foreign assistance on reducing global poverty and give poor people more control over their own futures."
Learn more about Oxfam America's aid reform initiative.