September 22nd, 2010
03:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to announce change in strategy on aiding poor countries

New York (CNN) – The Obama administration is changing the way it delivers development aid, elevating the issue to a centerpiece of its national security and economic strategy and targeting nations where resources can be most effective, a senior administration official told CNN.

The policy will be unveiled by President Barack Obama on Wednesday at a meeting on the Millennium Development goals, an ambitious agenda world leaders set 10 years ago to tackle global poverty.

The official did not wish to be identified because the president had not given the speech yet. The days of "just throwing assistance at problems" are gone, the official said. The new policy will treat development as strategic issue, focusing on countries demonstrating good governance and strong economic policy that have the potential to become the strongest partners for the United States.

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  1. jeff, alabama

    Now this new policy sounds like an idea the Republicans
    would have come up with.
    Maybe Obama, in his aging, is developing some common sense.
    That's what happens when liberals finally grow up.
    Good going Mr. Prez.!

    September 22, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Despite all the right-wing propaganda, foreign aid is a tiny amount of the federal budget. We should start by pulling the $1 B in annual aid to Israel unless they give the Palestinians back some land that they can call home and live in peace. Besides Israel does NOT need the $. They are doing perfectly fine on their own.

    September 22, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. jim

    Why doesn't this president start using his time to focus on fixing the problems in this country rather than trying to fix what is wrong with countries in other parts of the world?You,sir are not playing with a full deck.There are a lot of people hurting here so get with the program. Charity begins at home !!!

    September 22, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. barry

    I am glad President Obama is cutting out the free ride for poor countries. Our country is broke. He should take a page put of Bill Clinton's play book and stop a lot of the free ride programs we have at home as well.

    September 22, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |