4 points for Clinton's defense of the foreign aid budget

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will have to give a performance of a lifetime to continue America’s fight against poverty around the world, writes Gregory Adams of Oxfam.

Clinton will be defending the president’s 2013 budget request on Capitol Hill on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and Wednesday (Feb. 29). Adams, Oxfam’s director for aid effectiveness and reform, said the secretary is “no stranger to thoughtful stagecraft.” But with the economy still weak, he said Clinton will need to make her “strongest possible case.”

Adams said Congress will likely grill Clinton on the following:

  • Impact of U.S. development investments.

  • The importance of new laws to better development assistance.

  • Corruption issues.

  • The proposed $770 million Middle East and North Africa Incentive Fund.

Foreign aid was put on the hot seat last year, with some members of Congress wanting to cut all international affairs spending. Adams said the debate at Congress this week will show how committed America is to lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.