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.
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Programs & Projects moreWider 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.Mediterranean
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 MoreNegotiating TTIP: The Politics of Food and Agriculture in GermanyDecember 10, 2014On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted Minister Christian Schmidt, German federal minister of food and agriculture, for GMF’s fifth installment of its Transatlantic Talks series.Roundtable Discussion on Transatlantic Views on Emerging PowersDecember 09, 2014GMF hosted a roundtable discussion on Transatlantic Views on Emerging Powers in Brussels on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. GMF-EUISS Transatlantic Workshop US and EU approaches to Africa: Where do we stand?July 02, 2014On June 24th, the Paris Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States co-organized, with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), a workshop on EU and US approaches to Africa.The Fractured Ocean: Current Challenges to Maritime Policy in the Wider AtlanticJune 16, 2014This conference examines the challenges posed by human activity on the Atlantic Ocean itself, and around its coasts, looking at it not so much as a vast expanse separating the Americas from Africa and Europe but rather as a shared resource and an important connector.
Publications MoreAtlantic Currents: An Annual Report on Wider Atlantic Perspectives and PatternsOctober 17, 2014 / Ian Lesser, Karim El Aynaoui, Memory Dube, Peter Draper, Eckart Woertz, Kristine Berzina, Andrés Serbín, Amadou Sy, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Esther Brimmer, Karim El Mokri
This publication charts key developments affecting the future of Atlantic societies.(Re)Emerging Aid Donors in the Reshaping World OrderJuly 11, 2014 / Patrick W. Quirk
This policy paper examines the development aid programs of selected non-Western countries.