Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
The 2006 Commitment to Development Award honors an individual or organization from the rich world who has made a significant contribution to changing attitudes and policies towards the developing world. It is sponsored by Center for Global Development and Foreign Policy magazine.

The nominees for this year are:
Bill and Melinda Gates, Philanthropists
Bono, Musician and Development Advocate
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Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
Global Call to Action Against Poverty (Make Poverty History, One Campaign, etc.)
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Jeffrey Sachs, Professor and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University
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Jim Fruchterman, Founder and CEO of Benetech.org
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Jimmy Carter, Former U.S. President

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Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid
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Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)
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William Clinton, Former US President
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William Easterly; Author and Professor, NYU
Or Nobody, No award should be given for 2006.
Once you vote, you can see how the nominees are doing on the final race, which ends this week. The Award Recipient, who will be chosen by an expert panel, and the People’s Choice winner will be announced on May 2. To cast your vote click here.


Max May 3, 2006 - 10:22 am

“Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Commitment to Development Award.
The panel commended Kolbe as “a rare and effective voice of reason on foreign aid.” As chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Kolbe helped to make the case for the Bush Administration’s innovative aid program, the Millennium Challenge Account. But he was also frank about the broader problems of the U.S.’s highly fragmented and poorly administered aid programs.
This year for the first time CGD solicited public nominations for the award and then posted the nominations online for a “People’s Choice” vote. A dozen screened nominations were posted and more than 1,000 people voted. William Easterly, a professor at New York University, won the People’s Choice vote, with 207 votes, about one-fifth of the total. Easterly, a CGD non-resident fellow, is the author of the recently published book: The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good.” For more information, go to http://www.cgdev.org/

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