Despite money woes, report urges U.S. to boost world antipoverty efforts
Need especially urgent now
Dec 30, 2008
The global financial crisis makes it even more urgent that the United States not only take care of its own economy but also redouble efforts to aid the world’s poorest, according to a new report and several development experts.
The 2009 edition of the Christian antipoverty group Bread for the World’s annual hunger report was released at a November 24 news conference in Washington. It calls for the government to streamline international development efforts through renewed focus and reforms—despite, and because of, the international economic downturn.
“At a time like this, we ought to use our foreign assistance effectively, and we ought to distribute more of our aid to struggling families around the world who are trying to overcome hunger and poverty,” said Bread for the World president David Beckmann. “This crisis has been a huge setback in the world’s progress against hunger, poverty and disease.”