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Consider, for example, the "Journey to Self-Reliance" concept promoted by the United States Agency for International Development. The phrase conveys the positive impression of encouraging countries that receive international assistance to take ownership of their development challenges through enhanced autonomy, as opposed to being dependent on aid. That is the risk facing development policy if it fails to reinvent itself and thus remains a noble yet insufficient instrument of global cohesion. If an increasingly divided world is to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, development policy needs renewed ambition. A reconciliation policy would fully mobilize the resources and stakeholders of all countries -- including civil-society organizations, multinational companies, major cities and development banks -- and direct them toward concrete cooperation and reciprocal international aid.SDI would not substitute for official development assistance, but would complement it as a form of investment that ultimately aims to provide public goods, rather than generate short-term financial returns.
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