Chapter VII. Expand the Circle of Development by Opening Societies and Building the
Infrastructure of Democracy
Section A. Summary of National Security Strategy 2002
Helping the world's poor is a strategic priority and a moral imperative. Economic
development, responsible governance, and individual liberty are intimately connected.
Past foreign assistance to corrupt and ineffective governments failed to help the
populations in greatest need. Instead, it often impeded democratic reform and
encouraged corruption. The United States must promote development programs that
achieve measurable results rewarding reforms, encouraging transparency, and
improving people's lives. Led by the United States, the international community has
endorsed this approach in the Monterrey Consensus.