The State Department has released a fact sheet on its Global Food Security Initiative, the structure of which has long been anticipated as a harbinger of how the Administration will make U.S. foreign assistance programs more efficient and effective. The face sheet’s “Principles for Advancing Global Food Security” include:
- Comprehensively address the underlying causes of hunger and under-nutrition
- Invest in country-led plans
- Strengthen strategic coordination
- Leverage the benefits of multilateral institutions
- Make sustained and accountable commitments
The principles hit on important themes of foreign assistance reform, including country ownership and strategic coordination. Other key elements of the fact sheet that are related to reform include:
- Supporting Country Leadership: Country-led plans enable countries to identify their own solutions, increase the sustainability of investments, and strengthen local, regional and global coordination.
- Benefiting from Multilateral Institutions: Multilateral institutions leverage greater global resources and complement bilateral assistance. The U.S. will invest in and encourage contributions to multilateral institutions.
- Holding Ourselves Accountable: To increase transparency, we will establish public systems that inform the global community about our investments and their impact. Donors and other stakeholders must ensure their investments reach the poor and increase their efforts to eradicate the debilitating virus of corruption.
Secretary of State Clinton is expected to speak about the initiative in more detail in an address to the Clinton Global Initiative today.
For more information about the State Department’s Global Food Security efforts, click here.
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