A special panel discussion moderated by Peter McPherson (founding Partnership co-chair) to mark the release of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa -- Resources for the Future report: Investing in Africa's Future: U.S. Agricultural Development Assistance for Sub-Saharan Africa.
On the eve of the United Nations Millennium Development Summit, report co-authors Mike Taylor and Julie Howard will discuss key report findings on the disparity between policy-level support for broad-based economic growth in Africa and actual assistance levels. They will also trace the role of Congressional earmarks in limiting US agency flexibility to respond to country-driven development strategies, and provide recommendations on increasing the effectiveness of US assistance.
Mike Taylor, a German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Fellow, will link the report findings to new analysis of OECD-wide assistance for African Agricultural development and to the principles of the recent Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Lael Brainard (Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution), Steve Radelet (Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development), and Mamounou Toure (Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Mali and African Ambassadors' Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development), will highlight broader issues on the level and effectiveness of overall U.S. assistance, and African leaders' commitment to rural-led economic growth.