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Development Assistance

Development assistance is a foundation stone for peace. Both humanitarian obligations and long-range national interests demand U.S. policies that help the people of developing countries in their striving for progress. bore than economic growth is at stake. The League urges programs that focus on human needs and improved quality of life -- health, nutrition, education, employment programs.

The League believes that military aid must be kept entirely separate from development aid.

Development assistance is a partnership responsibility between developed and developing countries. It begins with respect for cultural differences, and includes increased participation by the recipient nations both in design and execution of programs. Recognizing the effect of population pressure on development, we support U.S. efforts to assist other nations in their population planning programs.

Assistance should be long-range, adequately financed, soundly coordinated and administered. The U.S. should substantially increase the proportion of development aid given through multilateral channels.

Private U.S. capital can be an important supplement to public funds and should be encouraged with governmental safeguards, guarantees and tax credits. To protect and advance the interests of the recipient country, matching investment funds should be sought within that country and local personnel should be trained and employed in responsible positions.

As a temporary measure, carefully supervised commodity arrangements can help stabilize the trade income of countries that depend largely upon one export, For long-range benefits, these countries should be encouraged to diversify.

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