Foreign Assistance Reform Campaign


U.S. foreign assistance programs provide vital resources to people in developing countries worldwide. However, conflicting goals, lack of coordination, insufficient funding and an increasingly burdensome bureaucratic system limit the effectiveness of our aid dollars.

Through our Just Aid campaign, AJWS advocates for reform, calling on the U.S. to strengthen its foreign assistance policies to better alleviate poverty, empower local communities and advance human rights. To accomplish this, foreign aid must be country-owned and country-driven, with the active and meaningful participation of civil society, including its most marginalized members. U.S. development funding should be flexible and support local infrastructure to build a country’s capacity to respond to its own challenges. The Obama administration and Congress have begun the process of assessing our foreign aid system and making recommendations for reform, but progress remains slow.

At AJWS, we believe it is crucial to continue making our voices heard to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance is as effective and responsive as possible to the priorities and needs of those living in poverty around the world.

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Recent News

  • With a coalition of faith and reproductive rights organizations, AJWS called for funding for international family planning and reproductive health programs in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.
  • Joining with 11 faith leaders, AJWS signed a letter calling for the continuation of the human rights based conditions on military and police aid to Latin America and the Caribbean that were signed into law for Fiscal Year 2012 and for the cutting of military and police assistance to Honduras in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.
  • AJWS and 37 US faith-based organizations called on Congress to pass a budget that increased funding above Fiscal Year 2012 for poverty-focused international development, humanitarian assistance and global health programs within the State and Foreign Operations budget.
  • In a letter to Chairman Kingston and Ranking Member Farr of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies; AJWS and 11 international development and human rights organizations called for funding of key international food aid programs in the Fiscal Year 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.
  • AJWS joined a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, anti-genocide, peace and other organizations in a letter to Members of the Senate State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee expressing their concerns over the ability of the United States to prevent violent conflict, mass atrocities and protect civilians if the House subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill would pass and encouraged the Senate committee to fully fund the Administration’s FY13 requests for mass atrocities prevention programs.
  • AJWS joined 110 InterAction member organizations in a letter to members of the U.S. Congress urging them to support strong funding for international development and humanitarian assistance in the Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget.
  • AJWS joined over 200 endorsers of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network in an open letter urging President Obama to reform U.S. foreign aid policy.

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