The Other War: Global Poverty and the Millennium Challenge Account

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The Other War: Global Poverty and the Millennium Challenge Account

By Lael Brainard, Carol Graham, Nigel Purvis, Steven Radelet, G
Brookings Institution Press, 2003
265 pp. $46.95

In 2002, President Bush launched the Millennium Challenge, promising a three-year, $10 billion increase in foreign aid to poor countries that have demonstrated some capacity to govern themselves and a substantive interest in economic development. In other words, the United States would reward performance, not loyalty or strategic value, in doling out aid dollars. Such conditioning was a bold idea, and this book is effectively a handbook for policymakers on managing this new approach to foreign assistance. It addresses performance criteria, how the money should be spent, and the organization and governance of the administering agency -- all with a specificity that only those involved in administering aid will fully appreciate. Unfortunately, the administration's budget requests for fiscal year 2004 and beyond do not match the president's initial promises.

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