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Tell President Obama That We Need A Global Development Strategy

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President Obama recently released a plan to address the Millennium Development Goals - but this is only a stepping stone in the fight to end global poverty. What we really need is a Global Development Strategy to guide all our efforts to end global poverty.

Without it, we will come up short.

We need to change the way we do business with respect to foreign assistance and development.  It is time to bring our tools for delivering foreign aid into the 21st century so that we can do more to help those in need. Change is needed now, because effective foreign assistance and a smart approach to development have never been more important to the success of U.S. foreign policy.

Fighting poverty and its root causes is no small task. But with the right strategy in place, we can make real changes to the way we tackle issues like hunger, poverty, and health.

Tell President Obama to present America's first-ever Global Development Strategy at the upcoming United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit.

Letter to
President of the United States
I applaud your strong leadership on making the United States a better partner in helping people around the world escape poverty. But our outdated and confusing development tools make it hard for people to use our help to change their lives.

We need to change the way we do business with respect to foreign assistance and development. It is time to bring our tools for delivering foreign aid into the 21st century so that we can do more to help those in need. Change is needed now, because effective foreign assistance and a smart approach to development have never been more important to the success of U.S. foreign policy.

We are asking you, at the upcoming United Nations MDG Summit, to present America's first-ever Global Development Strategy. As the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's landmark signing of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 approaches, we urge you to follow through on your pledge to "modernize our foreign assistance" with two important actions:

1. Create America's first-ever Global Development Strategy. When you spoke to the United Nations nearly a year ago, you promised to return with a plan to reduce global poverty. We believe that the U.S. Global Development Strategy should be the guiding plan, in order to provide our nation with a clear roadmap for U.S. leadership in this vital effort.

2. Partner with Congress to rewrite the existing, Cold War-era Foreign Assistance Act, a partial draft of which was recently unveiled by the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, adding to momentum created by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's bipartisan passage of S.1524 last year.

I strongly support this effort to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective at delivering results for people in the developing world pursuant to our national interests. I pledge my energy and resolve to help you in these efforts.