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Tell Congress: Fix and Revitalize Foreign Aid


President Obama has unveiled a new Global Development Strategy to help poor people lift themselves out of poverty.

But unless the House reforms the 50-year-old laws governing US foreign aid, key parts of the strategy could be in jeopardy every four years as the policy comes up for renewal.

We must rebuild America's foreign aid system to fight poverty more effectively – while ensuring that some of the most important elements of the new Global Development Strategy aren't subject to the whims of politics.

Tell your representative to co-sponsor the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act TODAY.

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U.S. House of Representatives
As one of your constituents, I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 2139, the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009. This bipartisan bill is the first step in a major effort to strengthen US tools to fight global poverty. It's also essential to realizing the promise of the new US Global Development Strategy.

US global development programs have saved millions of lives and helped millions more overcome poverty. Yet these programs are still under-performing and often fail to reach the people who need help most. H.R. 2139 would require the President to craft a National Strategy for Global Development, outlining the goals of our development programs and the methods to reach those goals. A recent GAO report identified the lack of such a strategy as a major challenge for our global development efforts.

This strategy would put people in charge of their own development, not just as recipients but as full, responsible partners. The legislation also outlines new tools for measuring development programs to ensure they are meeting their goals, and includes transparency principles to ensure that both Americans and poor people can see where aid dollars are going and what they are doing.

I feel strongly that this legislation is an important part of America's efforts to fight poverty and injustice around the world. Please contact Chairman Berman or Congressman Kirk and ask to cosponsor H.R. 2139, the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009.

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