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A discussion on the aid priorities of the united states

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By Scott Morris For the past decade, the world has gotten used to China lending a lot of money to poorer countries to build roads, bridges, and dams, and the United States giving a lot of money to these same countries to help eradicate disease, respond to natural disasters, or put kids in classrooms.

With large-scale Chinese lending has come quite a few headaches for the Chinese government.

  • But there is considerable risk that they will be bad for poor countries on the receiving end;
  • To address climate change, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has launched a number of initiatives, including Sustainable Energy for All , that is working to help people access clean energy, improve energy efficiency and increase their use of renewable sources of energy;
  • Gender equality and empowering women and girls While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality under the UN Millennium Development Goals, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world;
  • Incentivizing these organizations to compete for federal funding, which will improve efficiency while minimizing the potential for duplication.

Some countries are overly indebted and at risk of defaulting on Chinese loans. Many others are encountering political backlash at home over the terms and conditions of Chinese lending, whether in terms of the interest rates on the loans or the practice of using Chinese firms and labor to the exclusion of local businesses and workers.

At the same time, the Trump administration has sought to cut the U. As an alternative to grant-based aid, administration officials have put their focus on competing with the Chinese at their own game by scaling up U. Whether these converging trends are good for U. But there is considerable risk that they will be bad for poor countries on the receiving end.

The United States has distinguished itself as the largest, and often most effective, aid provider in key sectors.

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As a result, fewer U. Unfortunately, what little we know about Chinese aid, including what Chinese officials themselves have said, suggests that it is has been rife with corruption and is ill-equipped to play a leading role among donors anytime soon.

U.S. Department of State

In the same way, with the anticipated expansion of the U. Overseas Private Investment Corp. But it has also tended to avoid the poorer markets where its money could do the most good, in favor of wealthier economies where the case for U.

  • Some countries are overly indebted and at risk of defaulting on Chinese loans;
  • Strengthening Economic and Security Imperatives;
  • He served as deputy assistant secretary for development finance and debt at the U;
  • Treasury Department during the first term of the Obama administration;
  • Enabling construction of new secure facilities, consistent with the recommendations of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board ARB , when combined with prior year resources not needed to meet our FY 2017 ARB commitment;
  • Treasury Department during the first term of the Obama administration.

By positioning the new OPIC largely as a competitor to Chinese finance, the Trump administration risks losing the very things that ought to distinguish U. Congressional efforts to write these standards into the new OPIC have largely been successful to date, but the action will soon turn to the executive branch.

Under pressure to increase deal flow in the years ahead, administration actors will no doubt be tempted to view high standards not as virtues but impediments.

Sustainable Development Goals

If so, they will have learned the wrong lessons from the Chinese experience, and the developing world will be the worse for it. Scott Morris is a senior fellow and director of the U.

  • The United States has distinguished itself as the largest, and often most effective, aid provider in key sectors;
  • Consolidating accounts with similar purposes into single accounts to increase effectiveness in programming, including requesting all food aid under the International Disaster Assistance IDA account, all emergency refugee and migration needs within the Migration and Refugee Assistance MRA account, and economic and development assistance within the Economic Support and Development Fund ESDF account;
  • Consolidating accounts with similar purposes into single accounts to increase effectiveness in programming, including requesting all food aid under the International Disaster Assistance IDA account, all emergency refugee and migration needs within the Migration and Refugee Assistance MRA account, and economic and development assistance within the Economic Support and Development Fund ESDF account;
  • To address climate change, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has launched a number of initiatives, including Sustainable Energy for All , that is working to help people access clean energy, improve energy efficiency and increase their use of renewable sources of energy;
  • If so, they will have learned the wrong lessons from the Chinese experience, and the developing world will be the worse for it.

He served as deputy assistant secretary for development finance and debt at the U. Treasury Department during the first term of the Obama administration.