Promoting Global Security and Prosperity in the New Administration and Congress

Promoting Global Security and Prosperity in the New Administration and Congress

1/11/17

With the Inauguration just around the corner, CARE is working hard to make sure the issues and priorities that fuel our mission to combat extreme poverty are an undeniable and integral part of the Trump Administration’s foreign policy. This mission is foundational to our history of providing humanitarian and development assistance. Global security is directly tied to the optimism or desperation felt by people struggling and living in poverty. Development is and must remain one of the core pillars of our foreign policy to ensure our national security and ensure our diplomatic and defense goals are sensibly reached and secured.

The world is at a critical juncture in global efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. The Trump Administration and 115th Congress have the opportunity to lead us toward the world envisioned at the United Nations in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. A world where extreme poverty is overcome and people everywhere live in dignity and peace. Sound like a dream? Sound idealistic? It’s not!  We’re already well on our way. Over one billion people have risen out of extreme poverty in the last two decades. Their children and grandchildren now have nutritious food to eat, roofs over their head, electricity and clean water, better schools to attend and a brighter future ahead of them. But many more still struggle. In the years ahead, we have the ability to ensure that the rest of humanity soon has the same opportunities.  It’s essential that the U.S. continue to exert moral, political and financial leadership to maintain that progress.

These aren’t just humanitarian measures – they’re part of a smart strategy that’s endorsed by military experts who know that investing in development works. What happens in the developing world does not stay in the developing world, but impacts people everywhere.  As someone coming from the business sector, President Trump knows that the United States is part of a global economy and that instability in one country impacts other markets and countries.  Conversely, when poor countries stabilize, expand their economic prospects and address the issues that previously held them back, exponential returns on investments benefit entire nations. 

Our prospects for peace and prosperity in the U.S. and around the world rest on our ability to eradicate poverty. Our world is safer, and extremist movements are weakened, when people are fed, educated and face futures full of opportunity.  That’s the future America can lead us into the future as a truly great nation.

And it’s the future that CARE is working for.  We reach 65 million people every year with emergency, humanitarian and development assistance.

In our advocacy work, we are specifically focused on four key issues that improve economic and security prospects for individuals, families, communities and entire countries:

1.  Global Food and Nutrition Security:

The number of food insecure people has dropped by more than 200 million since 1990, yet 1 out of 9 people in the world is still chronically hungry. Complex emergencies, which are often sparked and fueled by food insecurity, are continuing to emerge and intensify, creating unstable environments that are primed for national security threats.

CARE urges the Administration to:

  • Develop policies that lessen the burden of cargo preference for international food aid.
  • Work with Congress to leverage bipartisan support during the next farm bill, provide more flexibility and remove monetization requirements.
  • Request at least $1.7 billion for Title II emergency food programs and $1.3 billion for the Emergency Food Security Program.

2. Caring for the Most Vulnerable in Emergencies

The world is facing the worst displacement crisis ever recorded. Over 65 million people were displaced in 2015 and 21 million became refugees. Political conflicts that spur these migrations are unending and 96 million people in the world are now in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The U.S. must continue to lead as the world’s top humanitarian donor and demonstrate our values by treating refugees and displaced people with the dignity and respect they deserve.

CARE urges the Administration to:

  • Increase and protect funding for humanitarian and refugee assistance

3. Gender-Based Violence and Empowerment

Gender-based violence (GBV) affects one in three women worldwide throughout the course of their lives. It includes sexual assault, domestic and intimate partner violence, child marriage, trafficking and female genital cutting.  The affects are staggering and create a host of health, psychosocial and economic complications that impact entire communities,

CARE urges the Administration to: 

  • Re-introduce and pass the International Violence Against Women Act, which strengthens government response to global gender-based violence.
  • Continue programming that empowers adolescent girls and combats child marriage.
  • Request $1.9 billion in FY18 for programs addressing global gender-based violence

 4. Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services:

Pregnancy and childbirth are among the leading causes of death for women and girls in the developing world.  800 women die every day and most of these deaths are preventable, especially when women can time and space their pregnancies at healthy intervals.

More than 225 million women around the world would like to plan, delay or avoid pregnancy but lack the contraceptives, information and services to do so. If this need was met, maternal deaths would drop by 30% and 1.4 million children under five would be saved every year.

CARE urges the Administration to: 

  • Invest $1.2 billion annually in lifesaving international family planning and reproductive services
  • Integrate reproductive health into broader efforts to end preventable maternal and child deaths.
  • Address the needs of women and girls in humanitarian crises.

America has always led humanitarian and development efforts for people living in the poorest countries and facing extreme emergencies. We step up when earthquakes strike; we are there for those fleeing the chaos of war. We lend a hand when vulnerable families are struggling with basic needs or social-political injustice. This commitment is part of our core values. It’s essential that America continue investing in the people of the world because it’s who we are as a nation. Believing we can help, knowing that disease, poverty, injustice and chaos can be conquered, and reaching out in person or through foreign assistance to help others – that’s what truly makes America great.

Kristin Wells

Senior Director of Government Relations

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