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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

A Breakthrough In The Fight Against Climate ChangeNovember 19, 2014 / Paul BledsoeThe US and China surprised the world last week with an outline agreement in which both countries agreed to limit emissions of greenhouse gases
U.S.-China environmental agreementNovember 14, 2014 / Paul BledsoeCNN talks to Paul Bledsoe of the German Marshall Fund about the U.S.-China greenhouse gas emissions agreement.

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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.

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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.
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”.

Publications More

Atlantic 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.