Aiding Without Abetting: Making U.S. Civilian Assistance to Pakistan Work for Both Sides

Dec. 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

The Wilson Center recently published a report reviewing the Kerry-Lugar-Berman (KLB) Act passed by the US Congress in 2009 as a multi-year program of non-military aid to Pakistan. The act has faced many challenges since its passage two years ago. This report discusses these challenges and provides suggestions for changes to ensure the act achieves its goals.

Reflecting widespread concern in both countries that KLB was in grave danger, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program organized a 17-member working group earlier this year to examine both the broad principles governing the  aid program, and some of the specific mechanisms of implementation. This report is the product of extensive consultations, in Pakistan as well as in Washington. 
• It concludes that a robust program of U.S. civilian assistance to Pakistan  serves important interests of both countries. 
• It warns that substantial mid-course changes are needed if KLB is to fulfill the hopes of its proponents. 
• And it offers nearly 30 recommendations that should guide U.S. and Pakistani officials as KLB moves forward.   

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