At the Social Good Summit yesterday, USAID Administrator Raj Shah launched a new social media/open government campaign to encourage public engagement with the horn of Africa crisis. USAID is calling this USAID/FWD--with F W D standing for Famine, War, and Drought.
New research supports the claim that dramatically cutting the budget of an aid agency like USAID could cause a global increase in civil conflict. So why is Senator Rand Paul suggesting that we eliminate all foreign aid?
The Obama administration took the opportunity of the President's speech to the MDG Summit to roll out elements of its new Global Development Strategy. This includes one seemingly minor bit of bureaucratic reshuffling that could have a major impact on US foreign policy.