How is foreign aid put to work?
Whether helping local farmers increase their crop production or supporting neighbors to rebuild after a natural disaster, few Americans would disagree that the aim of US foreign assistance must be to help people help themselves.
But, too often, US foreign aid is slow, bureaucratic, politically driven, and implemented from the top down. It seems to have lost sight of the real objective—the actual needs of people who are poor.
Oxfam advocates with decision makers in Washington, DC, to improve the way the US government delivers aid. For US foreign aid to be effective, who delivers it and how it is delivered matter. US approaches should build on the vast amount of enterprising and creative problem-solving skills that local leaders employ.
Because aid is not the solution to poverty.