America’s leadership in the world, through smart and effective investments in development and diplomacy, advances our interests at home and abroad.

Keeps Us Safe

Strengthens Our Economy

Saves Lives

Leading Voices

“Increasing our development resources is absolutely critical and money well spent to deal with the dangers and seize the opportunities.”

Colin Powell
Secretary of State (2001-2005)

“Greater engagement through diplomacy and development is not an option in today’s world; it is a necessity.”

Madeleine Albright
Secretary of State (1997-2001)

“If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.”

James Mattis
Secretary of Defense (2017-2018)

“The investments we make today in the developing world will help create the jobs of tomorrow here in America.”

Bill Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

“Economic development is a lot cheaper than sending soldiers.”

Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense (2006-2011)

“With our security and our economy tied to what happens overseas, we can’t afford to take chances.”

Tom Ridge
Secretary of Homeland Security (2003-2005) and Governor of Pennsylvania (1995-2001)

“International development is a vital investment in the free, prosperous, and peaceful international order that fundamentally serves our interests.”

Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State (2005-2009)

“Inadequate resourcing of our civilian partners could, in fact, jeopardize accomplishment of the overall mission.”

David Patraeus
Combatant Commander USCENTCOM (2007-2008) and Director of the CIA (2011-2012)


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