More Than 70 Organizations Oppose Proposed Cut-Off in Foreign Assistance to Central America
Cutting off poverty-alleviating and violence-reducing assistance in Central America runs counter to American values and interests.
Apr 1, 2019
InterAction and over 70 member organizations issued the below statement in response to announcements by the Trump Administration that it is ending foreign assistance programs in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras:
“By cutting off poverty-alleviating and violence-reducing assistance to the people and civil society organizations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the Trump Administration is taking a step that undermines its own policy goals and runs counter to American values and interests. For years, leaders from both parties have supported U.S. development and humanitarian aid to Central America. That is because these relatively small investments address the grinding poverty, instability and human rights concerns at the root of displacement. The current levels of violence and suffering in the Northern Triangle of Central America risk severe further deterioration if development and humanitarian assistance is withdrawn.
“Sadly, the unpredictability and volatility that stem from such chaotic policy decisions can erode the effectiveness of foreign assistance. The Administration frequently views U.S. foreign assistance only in transactional terms and not as part of a long-term strategy.
“In response to this short-sighted and irresponsible decision, we urge Congress to demonstrate strong bipartisan support for aid to Central America.”
Reactions from partner organizations:
Alliance for Peacebuilding
Catholic Relief Services
Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN)
PLAN International USA
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)