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In considering the unification or the simplification of the structure of aid by Jananese Government, movement in U.S. might be of some reference as well. I have to study.

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Last month I posted on subterranean rumblings about a reorganization of foreign aid.

Guy Dinmore reports in the Financial Times that the first public step in this reorganization starts tomorrow:

The Bush administration is expected to announce on Thursday a controversial restructuring of its foreign aid system under Randall Tobias, a retired pharmaceuticals executive who currently heads the US global Aids programme.

Mr Tobias will be named the new head of USAID, the state aid agency with a $14bn (」8bn) budget, replacing Andrew Natsios, who resigned last week. Mr Tobias will also be appointed to the newly created position of deputy secretary for development as Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, pursues what she calls her assertive strategy of 鍍ransformational diplomacy・

The Bush administration wants its multibillion-dollar aid programmes to serve its foreign policy goals better. Critics are worried that by in effect merging USAID into the State Department, the agency will lose some of its independence, and development will become purely politicised.

I'll hold off on commenting until I see more of the proposal. What interests me about Dinmore's story is what comes next:

Ms Rice was expected to announce the changes on Thursday, officials said, following a keynote speech to Georgeュtown University on Wednesday in which she sketched out a 都weeping and difficult・transformation of US diplomacy and its institutions.

As part of those changes, 100 US diplomats will be transferred this year from Europe and Washington to countries including China, India, Nigeria and Lebanon. Hundreds more will follow over five years. A senior official compared the shift to the Pentagon痴 drawdown of forces from Europe after the cold war.

的n the 21st century, emerging nations like India and China, and Brazil and Egypt, and Indonesia and South Africa are increasingly shaping the course of history,・Ms Rice said.

The US global posture did not reflect these changes, she said, noting that the US had nearly the same number of diplomats in Germany, with a population of 82m, as in India, with 1bn people....

She defined diplomacy as seeking 鍍o change the world itself・ not simply reporting on it. Drawing on the lesson of Afghanistan and how it provided a haven for al-Qaeda, Ms Rice said she had an 兎xpansive vision・for the State Department痴 new office of reconstruction and stabilisation, mandated to deal with post-conflict situations.

鉄hould a state fail in the future, we want the men and women of this office to be able to spring into action quickly,・she said....

Diplomats had to get into the field, she said, noting that there were 200 cities with more than 1m inhabitants but no US diplomatic presence. 典his is where the action is today, and this is where we must be,・she said.

Here's a link to Rice's speech. I still need to digest all of it, but I do like the reallocation of diplomatic personnel towards the large developing countries.

posted by Dan on 01.18.06 at 11:47 PM