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Transforming foreign aid : United States assistance in the 21st century
Lancaster, Carol.
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Publication Information:
Washington, DC : Institute for International Economics, [2000]

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xiii, 114 pages ; 23 cm
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"August 2000."
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1530 Lexile.
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The phenomenon of foreign aid began at the end of World War II and has survived the Cold War. How should the USA now spend its foreign aid to support its interests and values in the 21st century? In this study, Carol Lancaster takes a look at all US foreign aid programmes and asks whether their purposes, organization and management are appropriate to US interests and values in the world of the 21st century.

Author Notes

Carol Lancaster, Visiting Fellow (1987-91; 1996-98; & 2000), was deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service & was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1980-81). She is the author of African Economic Reform: The External Dimension (1991) & other works. (Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 The Phenomenon of Foreign Aidp. 9
What is Foreign Aid?p. 9
How Much US Aidp. 10
Other US Foreign Aid Programsp. 12
Trends in US Aidp. 14
US Aid in a World of Foreign Assistancep. 15
Foreign Aid in Total Financial Flowsp. 16
2 The Purposes and Organization of US Foreign Aid Todayp. 17
Purposesp. 17
The Management of US Foreign Aidp. 28
The Organization of US Foreign Aidp. 31
Purposes, Organizations, and Programs: First Cut at a Matrixp. 32
3 The Politics of Foreign Aidp. 35
The Budgetary Process and Foreign Aidp. 35
Actors and Interactionsp. 39
Conclusionp. 54
4 US Foreign Aid in the Probable World of the 21st Centuryp. 57
The Probable World of the New Centuryp. 57
Three Major Trendsp. 58
Summing Upp. 85
5 Organizing for a New Centuryp. 89
The Organization of US Aid in the New Centuryp. 89
Getting From Here to Therep. 94
Appendix A A Brief Description of Organizations Funded by US Aidp. 97
Appendix B Assumptions and Estimates for Aid Matrixp. 102
Indexp. 105
Table 1.1 US foreign aid, 2000p. 11
Table 2.1 Organizations funded with US foreign aidp. 32
Table 2.2 US foreign aid matrix: Purposes, programs, organizations, and budget (fiscal year 1998)p. 33
Table 3.1 The budgetary process for foreign aid: USAIDp. 36
Table 3.2 Child survival and disease programs as part of total Development Assistancep. 48
Table 4.1 Refugees and relief, 1991-98p. 60
Table 4.2 Projected world populationp. 62
Table 4.3 Foreign direct investment in the developing worldp. 77
Table 4.4 Economic growth in the developing worldp. 78
Figure 1.1 US foreign aid, 1986-2000p. 14
Figure 1.2 Net official Development Assistance, 1990-98p. 16