The HELP Commission

Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People around the Globe (HELP) Commission


The HELP Commission was created by Congress to review US foreign assistance programs and to make recommendations on how to improve them. 

The Commission met throughout 2006 and 2007 and issued its final report on December 7, 2007. 


The HELP Commission Report on Foreign Assistance Reform (pdf)

June 2011 Status of Recommendations (pdf)

The HELP Commission's Mission, Founding Legislation and Mission Statement


Members of the HELP Commission were:             

The Honorable Mary K. Bush, Chairman                        

The Honorable Dr. Carol C. Adelman, Vice Chairman

Leo Hindery, Jr., Vice Chairman

Steven K. Berry, Esq Jerome F. Climer
The Honorable Jennifer Dunn Dr. Nicholas N. Eberstadt
Glenn E. Estess, Sr. Alonzo L. Fulgham, Representative of the USAID Administrator
Lynn C. Fritz Benjamin K. Homan
The Honorable Walter H. Kansteiner III Thomas C. Kleine, Esq.
William C. Lane C. Payne Lucas
Dr. Martin L. LaVor The Honorable Robert H. Michel
Eric G. Postel Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs
Gayle E. Smith David A. Williams