In a speech titled â€œDevelopment in the 21st Century,â€ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed elevating development as a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy and an intention â€œto rebuild USAID into the world’s premier development agency.â€ She emphasized a new commitment to results and outlined six approaches currently underway â€œto make sure that development delivers lasting resultsâ€:
1) Adopt a model of development that emphasizes partnerships with countries, multilateral organizations, NGOs, Universities, and the private sector;
2) Elevate development and integrate development more closely with defense and diplomacy in the field;
3) Improve the coordination of development across federal agencies and reduce reliance on contractors by increasing staff and expertise at USAID and the State Department;
4) Target investment and develop technical excellence in a few key areas, such as health, agriculture, security, education, energy, and local governance;
5) Increase investment in innovation; and
6) Increase investment on women and girls, who are critical to advancing social, economic, and political progress.