Unlock Aid Executive Director To Testify at Congressional Hearing on Modernizing US International Development Assistance

WASHINGTON— (December 12, 2022)— Congressman Joaquin Castro will convene a House Foreign Affairs Committee subcommittee hearing entitled Modernizing International Development Assistance: Opportunities and Challenges on Tuesday, December 13, at 12:30 p.m. ET. Unlock Aid Coalition executive director Walter Kerr will testify. Kerr will highlight ways the U.S. government can work more closely with a new generation of innovators with solutions for global challenges including climate change, pandemic response, and food insecurity. 

“Since the 1960s, U.S. foreign assistance agencies have become too dependent on too few contractors who deliver too few results,” Kerr said. “Consolidation stifles innovation, drives up costs, and rewards underperformance. We need to be working with a more diverse set of players to confront the scale of the world’s biggest challenges.”

Other hearing witnesses joining Kerr include Dr. Prashant Yadav, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; former Rep. Ted Yoho, Consensus for Development Reform; Dr. Zainab Usman, Senior Fellow and Director, Africa Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Unlock Aid is the home for next-generation innovators with solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. In November, the coalition published its 2023 policy platform, which includes recommendations to increase accountability, innovation, and results at agencies like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).

“There is a new generation of innovators driving breathtaking economic growth and social progress across Africa, Asia, and Latin America,” Kerr said. “We need to be working more with these organizations of the future.”

Unlock Aid welcomes public feedback on its platform until December 20, 2022.

The December 13 hearing was rescheduled from its original date of Tuesday, December 7. Those who wish to view the hearing virtually or attend in person may visit   https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings?ID=9C86CF58-F6BB-4D83-91D5-32FA62E64353.

Kerr is an experienced U.S. diplomat, multilateral bank advisor, and entrepreneur. 

For media and press inquiries, please contact Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha at ony at unlock aid dot org.

To learn more about Unlock Aid, please visit www.unlockaid.org or visit https://youtu.be/Fs2RKfvHpg

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