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Crenshaw, Smith Launch Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Aid

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressmen Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Adam Smith (D-WA) will host the kick-off for the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) on Thursday, May 12 from 3 -- 5 p.m. in Room 2359 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Dr. Raj Shah, Administrator for USAID will be guest speaker at the event where a roundtable discussion with top leaders from the NGO community on "The Importance of Effective Foreign Assistance" will also take place.

Crenshaw stated: "The delivery of foreign assistance must be effective in order for the United States to successfully achieve its critical international policy objectives. Over the 112th Congress, our caucus will examine how our nation delivers its foreign aid, outline success stories, and target how aid can be distributed effectively in the coming years. Stable international partners, accountability and transparency, access and development of sustainable global markets, poverty reduction, and greater national security can be developed from the effective delivery of foreign assistance. In our increasingly interconnected world, these goals are in everyone's best interest."

Smith stated, "Foreign assistance accomplishes critical national objectives and develops stable international partners. Together, diplomacy, defense, and development work in concert to ensure global stability. Populations that struggle in extreme poverty are more likely to become mired in conflicts, or worse, become havens or recruiting grounds for terrorist organizations. Taking action to address the critical issues that go hand-in-hand with poverty will help prevent threats and create goodwill toward the U.S. in places where it is desperately needed. While the U.S. faces serious budget realities, our investment in foreign assistance is an investment in our national security. This caucus will help identify how to spend foreign assistance dollars more efficiently and make the most of our crucial resources overseas."

The goal of the caucus is to examine the way the United States currently delivers foreign assistance, explore success stories found in the efficient delivery of assistance, and further the overall effectiveness of foreign assistance and educating other Members on this subject. Thursday's event is the first of a number of forums that will be held to examine U.S. delivery of foreign assistance.

WHAT: Kick-off for Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance.

WHEN: Thursday, May 12 from 3 -- 5 p.m.

WHERE: Room 2359 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

WHO: Reception hosted by CCEFA Co-Chairs Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA).

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Raj Shah, Administrator for USAID.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: 3:45 -- 5 p.m. of "The Importance of Effective Foreign Assistance."

* Mark Green, Senior Director United States Global Leadership Coalition, member of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Board of Directors, and former Member of Congress and former Ambassador to Tanzania.

* Ray Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America.

* David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World (Co-Chair, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network).

* Asif Shaikh, President and CEO International Resources Group.

* Dr. Jonathan Quick, President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health.

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