How Development Aid Serves U.S. National Security Goals

Prospects for the world’s most vulnerable people and fragile countries appear more and more bleak, according to humanitarian aid groups, as sources of international aid become less reliable.

In a report released this week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation painted an uncharacteristically pessimistic picture of the trajectory of global progress on 18 key issues, including health, child mortality, and economic development. In HIV treatment alone, the report posits that a not-unrealistic 10 percent cut in global donor funding could lead to 5.6 million more deaths by 2030.

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