NYT: What's Holding US Development Efforts Back?

Bureaucracy and the global economic crisis are slowing down the development efforts outlined by the Obama administration over the past few years, a report in the New York Times observes.

The administration has been slow in filling up key positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development, which still remains largely understaffed, the report says. Release of a key review of U.S. development and diplomatic policies has also been repeatedly delayed. The review, which is spearheaded by the Department of State, was expected to be out as early as January 2010.

The Obama administration is also expected to have a tougher time getting funding for its foreign aid budget from the U.S. Congress, considering the Republican’s takeover of the House of Representatives and their gains in the Senate.

“For the 2011 fiscal year, the White House asked for $1.6 billion; Congress has yet to act on that request.” the NYT shares.

The news agency notes that a “war to get real dollars” for the various aid pledges made by Obama and his administration could be expected. The New York Times cites Obama’s USD3.5 billion pledge to the farming initiative launched by G-8 leaders in L’Aquilla, Italy in 2009.

“Mr. Obama promised $3.5 billion over three years in L’Aquila for the farmer initiative; so far he has received $813 million from Congress in the 2010 fiscal year,” the news agency explains.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.