Foreign Assistance Reform

To increase the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance spending, policy makers are currently working to reorganize foreign assistance and bring greater coherence to the country's aid structure.

Such was started under the Bush Administration in 2006, and is long overdue. While amended annually, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 still governs U.S. development policy.

However, overhauling the Foreign Assistance Act will achieve nothing unless policy makers support human rights, specifically by prioritizing the wellbeing, rights, and empowerment of women. Because sexual and reproductive health and the human rights of women are critical to their wellbeing yet are widely neglected around the world, the U.S. cannot achieve its foreign policy goals without making these issues a U.S. priority.

As Congress and the Obama adminstration consider foreign assistance reform, CHANGE is working to ensure that U.S. development assistance prioritizes sexual and reproductive health, the human rights of women and girls, and the empowerment of local grassroots organizations around the world that promote sexual and reproductive health and human rights.

See CHANGE's Policy Brief Making U.S. Foreign Assistance Work: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights as Key to Global Development