HELP Commission Notes Major Progress in Implementation of Its Recommendations for the Reform of U.S. Foreign Assistance Programs

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Some members of the U.S. HELP Commission (Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People around the Globe) have completed comparing a list of the Commission’s recommendations with actions taken by the United States government in the 3.5 years since the Commission’s report was issued.

The findings of the Commission have been well-received by policymakers of both political parties, and we hope to continue our review and periodic update of the adoption of the HELP Commission recommendations...

Some members of the U.S. HELP Commission (Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People around the Globe) have completed comparing a list of the Commission’s recommendations with actions taken by the United States government in the 3.5 years since the Commission’s report was issued. The Commission’s findings are quite extensive from structural, personal procurement and legislative, to trade and budgetary reform recommendations. The complete update can be found at http://www.helpcommission.info.

In general, members noted that significant progress has been made in a number of areas covered by the Commission’s report on foreign assistance reform. Former Commissioner Steven K. Berry said that “while no Commissioner would claim that the report was the cause of all these recommendations being adopted, we believe that it encapsulated a wide-ranging set of recommendations which urgently needed adoption.”

Former Commissioner C. Payne Lucas noted, “The findings of the Commission have been well-received by policymakers of both political parties, and we hope to continue our review and periodic update of the adoption of the HELP Commission recommendations as more concepts are integrated into mainstream reforms of U.S. foreign assistance.”

Lucas and Berry are both, “very pleased to see individuals across the political spectrum working to implement reforms in U.S. foreign assistance programs, and we are glad Commissioners continue to seek validation of the HELP Commissioners’ recommendations. Both recipients of assistance and the U.S. taxpayers are benefiting.”

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