In an article, “Strengthening America’s Global Development Partnerships: A Policy Blueprint for Better Collaboration Between the U.S. Government, Business and Civil Society,” Brookings scholars Jane Nelson and Noam Unger offer recommendations on how the U.S. government can better position itself within the 21st century global development landscape.
The policy mandate for more effective collaboration is urgent given the compounding economic and environmental crises that currently threaten development, the outdated U.S. foreign assistance system, and the new global development arena that is characterized by a multitude of influential new actors and by more technology-enabled, market-oriented and locally-driven approaches to development. Within the context of broader foreign assistance reform, the Obama administration and Congress have an opportunity to retool official U.S. efforts to more effectively and efficiently support global development in partnership with this new ecosystem of actors, while at the same time improving accountability and transparency.
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