150 International Affairs

#8
End Funding for the United Nations Development Program

The UNDP aid meant to assist suffering populations in many authoritarian countries inadvertently helps perpetuate that suffering. In Burma, for example, a human rights group accused the UNDP of funding state-controlled programs to “expand military control over the population while divesting itself of the cost of operating programs and simultaneously legitimizing its policies in the … Continue reading End Funding for the United Nations Development Program

#9
End Funding for the U.N. Intergovernmental 
Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC is charged with the “preparation of comprehensive Assessment Reports about the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response strategies. The IPCC also produces Special Reports, which are an assessment on a specific issue and Methodology Reports, which provide practical guidelines for the preparation of … Continue reading End Funding for the U.N. Intergovernmental 
Panel on Climate Change

#10
Eliminate the U.S. Trade and Development Agency

The USTDA is intended to “help companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. The USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.” The main … Continue reading Eliminate the U.S. Trade and Development Agency

#11
Reform Food Aid Programs

The United States has been providing food assistance around the world for nearly six decades— addressing starvation and emergency food shortages, and supporting agricultural development and related projects in developing nations. The Food for Peace (P.L. 480) Title II program comprises over half of the total food aid budget annually, but is subject to requirements … Continue reading Reform Food Aid Programs

#12
Eliminate the Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import Bank provides discount financing to foreign firms and foreign governments for the purchase of American exports. The program primarily benefits very large corporations, but puts unsubsidized American firms at a competitive disadvantage and taxpayers at risk. Ex-Im provides taxpayer-backed financing for just 2 percent of U.S. exports. The vast majority of benefits accrue … Continue reading Eliminate the Export-Import Bank

#13
Eliminate the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

OPIC was created in 1969 by the Nixon Administration to promote investment in developing countries. OPIC provides loans and loan guarantees; subsidizes risk insurance against losses resulting from political disruption, such as coups and terrorism; and capitalizes investment funds. The private market also offers these services, but OPIC offers them at a discount (subsidy) that … Continue reading Eliminate the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

#14
Eliminate Funding for the 
United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA has faced continued assertions that it has been complicit in enforcement of China’s coercive one-child policy.1 The policy is often enforced by Chinese family planning officials through fines, forced abortions, and involuntary sterilization. For years, the U.S. withheld funding to UNFPA under the Kemp–Kasten amendment that prohibits U.S. international aid from supporting coercive abortion … Continue reading Eliminate Funding for the 
United Nations Population Fund