From September to December 2023, Unlock Aid went on a global roadshow to convene hundreds of stakeholders for a series of discussions to ask: “If we could redesign the U.S. approach to global development, what would we do differently?”
We presumed we would likely reach different conclusions in the 2020s that we did when we first built global development systems in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.
Based on what we heard, we've now published a new “Principles for Global Development” to outline the way the United States must change the way it partners with countries and communities around the world.
A new, more abundant U.S. approach to global development should be centered on decentralizing decision-making and transferring resources to local and proximate communities, investing far more resources in ways that promote sustainable economic growth, decoupling humanitarian response from long-term development investments, and better leveraging innovation to solve the hardest problems of our time. The U.S. needs to restructure its global development architecture to achieve this vision, complete with new mission statements, new human resources systems, greater transparency, a mandate to act with greater urgency and agility, and an orientation toward delivering results. The U.S. must also lead by example and hold itself accountable to the same standards that it expects of others.
We'd love your feedback. Read our proposed "New Principles for Global Development" and let us know what you think.
We need to build to new coalition of players who share our vision for the future. That includes diaspora communities, business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, advocates - and you.