Center for Global Development's Recommendations for U.S. Aid
The Center for Global Development (CGD) recently put out a report “Twenty Concrete Steps to Improve the United States’ Commitment to Development.” Through their Commitment to Development Index (CDI), the Center ranks 22 countries on their aid to poor countries and its effects. Each country receives a score in the seven policy areas of aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology.
The U.S. ranks 17 overall with high scores in the areas of trade and security, but low scores in aid and environment. The July 2010 report details recommendations on how the U.S. should improve its score in each of the sectors and links to CGD’s various initiatives.
One policy recommendation is for the U.S. to increase its foreign aid, especially through channels that would pay countries depending on their progress towards agreed-upon outcomes and reduce the proliferation of aid projects.
Although not mentioned in the report, the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria fits the above description. Its grants are disbursed incrementally based on measures of progress. The multilateral nature of the fund allows multiple countries to consolidate their aid into effective projects.