The theme for the 2009 Walk for the Hungry is Food For All. This theme was chosen to bring attention to Bread for the World’s 2009 Offering of Letter that says, “increasing hunger around the world is a ‘silent tsunami’ that threatens the lives of millions of people.”
The 2009 Offering of Letters urges the new Congress and the new administration to fix U.S. foreign aid to make it more effective in reducing hunger and poverty.
While U.S. assistance today is making a difference in millions of lives around the world, the way we deliver long-term foreign assistance could be made far more effective.
Currently government global development policies and programs are scattered across 12 departments, 25 different agencies, and nearly 60 government offices. A more efficient foreign assistance system, with better coordination, better accountability, better clarity, means that people get help faster.
The increasing hunger around the world should be a wake-up call for the U.S. to rethink foreign assistance and elevate global development as a national priority. If foreign aid is fixed, more lives can be saved. Fewer children will die of hunger. Parents will be able to feed their families. Better foreign aid means less waste.
U.S. Development Policies Scattered
25 different agencies
60 government offices
In his New Year’s Message, Fighting Poverty To Build Peace, Pope Benedict XVI said, “The most important function of finance is to sustain the possibility of long-term investment and hence of development.” Benedict continues; “In today’s globalized world, it is increasingly evident that peace can be built only if everyone is assured the possibility of reasonable growth…The gap between rich and poor has become more marked, even in the most economically developed nations. This is a problem which the conscience of humanity cannot ignore, since the conditions in which a great number of people are living are an insult to their innate dignity. The truth of the axiom cannot be refuted: ‘to fight poverty is to build peace’.”
The time is NOW for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective in reducing hunger and poverty.