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Rebuilding our public institutions to achieve the SDGs

This Fall, Unlock Aid is hosting a series of discussions on how our public institutions must evolve to achieve the SDGs. Learn more and get involved here.

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We’re not just advocating for change. We’re making it.

Join us in growing an unstoppable movement to rebuild our public institutions for the people and the planet. 

We have a choice. We can commit to transforming our outdated global development architecture and U.S. agencies to ones built for the 21st century. Or we can stubbornly cling to approaches that are out of step with the times in our ever-evolving world.

We choose to create a new system built on the principles of abundance; innovation and agility; and, most importantly, decentralizing decision-making power and resources to the communities closest to the hardest problems facing our planet and everyone living on it.

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How we're changing the status quo:

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Passing landmark legislation

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We're driving legislation to build a more abundant U.S. approach to global development by decentralizing decision-making and transferring resources to local and proximate communities, investing in sustainable economic growth, and better leveraging innovation to solve the hardest problems of our time.

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Holding our leaders accountable

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We’re holding the Biden-Harris Administration accountable to the commitments it’s made to change business as usual, especially in the context of U.S. global spending. The time to announce policy changes is over. Now is when we need to see major, tangible results. We’ll be running Unlock Aid as if we may not be here in 2025 — and we hope this administration operates with a similar sense of urgency.

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Changing the narrative about what we need

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It’s no longer enough to reduce discussions about the management of over $1 trillion of public funding every year to tired and familiar debates about how much the U.S. should be spending on what priorities. The U.S. needs to be just as focused on who is making those decisions and to whom and to what ends those resources flow. U.S. public institutions’ health and credibility depend on it. Democracy hangs in the balance.

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Answering the trillion dollar question

5 principles to lead a new U.S. approach to global development

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Join us for a series of global conversations

We need to transform the way the United States and other international partners invest in global development.

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Let’s scale proven solutions, wherever they’re needed

To achieve global targets by 2030, 21st-century global development agencies must take a truly “global” approach.

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Failure to act is business as usual.

Our public institutions and especially the U.S. government does not operate with the urgency, flexibility and innovation required to rise to the scale of our 21st-century challenges. Entrenched systems perpetuate the status quo while climate change, pandemics and humanitarian crises accelerate our rapidly closing window of opportunity to take action.

But, we have a plan.

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