USAID’s New Policy on Religious Engagement
Support for USAID’s Policy Catholic leaders express enthusiasm for the new policy, hoping for stronger collaboration between USAID, local Catholic partners, and religious leaders worldwide in promoting peace and justice.
Assessment of Policy Framework The framework of the policy is considered solid, but its success depends on USAID’s follow-up and leadership, particularly in engaging diverse religious leaders.
USAID Leadership Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, currently leads USAID. Her nomination raised concerns among religious groups, particularly regarding potential conflicts related to her stance on abortion.
Controversy Over Power’s Nomination Religious groups, including United for Life-Colombia and Pro-Life Ecuador, expressed concerns that Power’s nomination would advance a pro-abortion agenda and negatively impact Latin America.
Influence on International Aid Pro-life advocates warned about the influence of pro-abortion ideologies on international aid, citing instances where funds were distributed to organizations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
USAID’s History and Mission Founded in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, USAID initially focused on capital assistance but later shifted its work to include material aid, infrastructural development, technological advancement, and anti-corruption efforts.
About the Author Daniel Payne, a senior editor at Catholic News Agency, provides insights into USAID’s new policy and its potential implications.
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