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A variety of examples shows that development assistance can help address some of the most difficult challenges developing countries face in achieving the MDGs. • Through investments in irrigation systems and transportation infrastructure, the U.S. government is helping Mali to diversify and strengthen its economy, a key step in ensuring that recent gains in the fight against poverty are sustainable.41 • The World Bank is investing in Mongolia to build on recent improvements in human development. The Bank’s technical and financial assistance is aimed at improving the efficiency and transparency of the country’s government, especially its financial accounting systems.42 • Since 2005, the British government has provided more than $170 million to aid Sierra Leone in its move from conflict to peace and achieve social and political stability through democratic and accountable government.43 In each of these cases, development assistance is flexible enough to meet real conditions in developing countries. Unfortunately, too often such examples are exceptions to the rule. U.S. development assistance is a powerful tool to help achieve sustainable development, but currently, it is not designed to meet the challenges identified in this paper. The current structure makes it difficult for U.S. assistance to respond in flexible and creative ways. There is much that can be done to update and improve U.S. assistance policies. The good news is developing countries are increasingly taking charge of their own development agendas. It is the responsibility of developed countries to stand as partners for development. Working together, developed and developing countries are proving that the MDGs are an ambitious but achievable agenda for human development. World Bank (2007). Table 4.1.: Growth of Output. 14 UNICEF (2007). Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children. 15 U.N. Development Program (1990). Human Development Report. 16 U.N. Development Program (2007). Human Development Report 2007/2008: Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World. 17 World 18 Bank (2007). Author’s Calculation. 19 Coorey, S. et al. (2007). Lessons from High Inflation Episodes for Stabilizing the Economy in Zimbabwe. 20 U.N. Statistics Division. 21 Collier, P. (2008). The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It. 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