Beyond Assistance: The HELP Commission Report on Foreign Assistance Reform   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Foreign assistance is critical. It conveys America's humanitarian values. It helps protect America's national security. And it helps countries address dire poverty and develop so that they can better provide for their own people. Our foreign assistance system is broken. We ignore this reality at our peril. The American people, and those in the developing world striving for a better life, deserve a better foreign assistance system. The American people have a right to expect that when the United States Government spends their hard-earned dollars for international assistance and development programs the money is spent wisely on attainable objectives tied to our national and moral interests. The American people have a right to know that when they call upon our government to help people overseas stop the suffering from disease, famine, and other catastrophes, their tremendous compassion and generosity will yield tangible results. The American people have a right to demand that the best possible tools are in place to permit any administration to conduct a robust foreign policy."

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Listed on January 2, 2008 [Critical Releases]