In 1948, drawing upon analysis and recommendations developed by the Brookings Institution, the United States Congress enacted the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe in the wake of World War II. The plan’s success in revitalizing the economy and accelerating peace and prosperity ultimately provided a template for official development assistance and the development cooperation practiced today by the U.S. and other donor nations.
On Tuesday, June 5, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings and U.S. Agency for International Development co-hosted an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan and reflect on strategies for advancing cooperative leadership in global development.
The high-level event used the lenses of security, diplomatic, development, and humanitarian interventions to examine lessons from the Marshall Plan. Panelists also discussed how the U.S.’s approach to international development incorporates security, diplomacy, and development concerns.