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Sustainable Development

As was the case during the Marshall Plan era, global poverty remains a challenge to the international community. Around half the world’s population currently lives in extreme poverty, fully one-quarter on less than a dollar a day. Despite economic growth and widespread advances in technology, many in developing countries have so far been left behind by global economic integration. In a world where alienation and despair can cross borders as easily as people, goods, and capital, it is in the best interests of the transatlantic community to pursue policies that will spread the benefits of global economic growth far and wide. Development and trade policies as well as new approaches towards the promotion of food security play an important role in promoting economic development in the world’s poorest countries. The United States, Canada, and Europe have a joint population of 740 million people, account for around half of all global trade, provide more than 85 percent of official development assistance (ODA), and have recently committed significant resources to fight hunger and poverty through improved food security and sustainable agriculture. While this engagement is encouraging, it is important for the transatlantic partners to constantly reassess their development and trade policies and practices to improve global development outcomes. Together, and in partnership with developing countries, transatlantic partners can help to accelerate the pace of human and economic development while working alone or in separate directions would only add complication to an already complex process.

GMF News & Analysis

China’s Soil Pollution: It’s Much Worse Than You ThinkApril 21, 2014 / Minxin PeiWhen the Chinese government completed its first national soil pollution survey in 2005, the findings were so alarming that Beijing promptly declared the data a "state secret."
Economic Ties Can Save Africa’s Arab SpringJanuary 15, 2013 / Ghazi Ben Ahmed, Ellen Laipson A version of the Marshall Plan for Arab Spring countries could spur economic recovery and lead to political stability.

Programs & Projects more

Wider Atlantic

GMF’s Wider Atlantic Program promotes a more comprehensive approach to Atlanticism, with the GMF-OCP Foundation partnership looking to move beyond the traditional northerly axis that has driven contemporary transatlantic relations.


The Mediterranean Policy Program promotes a policy-oriented debate on Mediterranean issues with the aim to strengthen transatlantic cooperation and suggest ways to streamline European and U.S. initiatives in the region.

Events More

YTN Members Quiz Kathleen Fitzpatrick on U.S. Approaches to Civilian Security across the WorldDecember 13, 2012Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick, of the U.S. Department of State discusses human rights with members of YTN Brussels.
Reassessing Development Aid: The Future of Public-Private PartnershipsJune 05, 2012

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in development have taken center stage in recent discussions among donors. From the relaunch of the US-EU Dialogue on Development in April, to President Obama and Bono’s introduction of a New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition at the G8 summit in May, the increasing focus on PPPs is changing traditional policy-making in development. In light of this new emphasis, the Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) met on Tuesday, May 29th, for a lunch discussion entitled “Reassessing Development Aid: The Future of Public-Private Partnerships”.

On the Ground in Afghanistan – Roundtable with Afghan Opinion MakersMarch 30, 2012

On Friday March 30, 2012 GMF Brussels hosted a group of eight Afghan opinion makers consisting of media and civil society representatives, a Member of Parliament, and an advisoir to the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan.

YTN Event on Water SecurityMarch 27, 2012

On Tuesday 27 March, the GMF and the U.S. Mission to the European Union hosted a Young Translatlantic Network lunch discussion on water security with Ingrid Verstraeten, from U.S. Geological Survey, and Efastathios Dalmangas, from DG Development and Cooperation, European Commission.

Publications More

The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: Pushing the Frontier of Enlightened CapitalismApril 09, 2013 / Jonathan M. White

This policy paper examines one way to encourage agricultural development in Africa.

Agriculture in North Africa: A Chance for DevelopmentOctober 04, 2012 / José María García Alvarez-Coque

This policy brief analyzes the missing elements in strategic policies for sustainable agricultural development in North Africa.