May 3, 2017

Sen. Young Chairs First Subcommittee Hearing; Features Hoosier Witness

Washington D.C. – Today, Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) gaveled in his first subcommittee hearing as Chairman.

The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy held a hearing to discuss Global Philanthropy and Remittances and International Development. Among the witnesses was fellow Hoosier, Dr. Una Osili. She is a professor of Economics and Director of Research at The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Sen. Young and Dr. Osili discussed the impact of private funds as compared to general development assistance and the full measure of the United States’ efforts on this front; to watch that exchange, click here.

Sen. Young said of Dr. Osili’s testimony and the Lilly School’s work: “It was a privilege to have a fellow Hoosier, Dr. Osili, appear before my first subcommittee hearing as Chairman. I am grateful for her time, and all Hoosiers can be proud of the tremendous work that she and her team are doing at Indiana University.Thanks, in large part to that work, we have a better understanding of the role that private philanthropy and remittances play in addressing the world’s most serious humanitarian and development challenges. The scholarship of Dr. Osili and the team at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will continue to play a pivotal role in informing Congressional oversight and legislation in the future.”

Dr. Osili followed offering: “I am honored by the invitation to testify today, and I applaud Senator Young and the members of the subcommittee for bringing attention to the ways in which philanthropic giving is reshaping foreign aid and development in developing countries. As philanthropy becomes increasingly global, the subcommittee rightly recognizes the importance of understanding private philanthropy’s role in international relief and in providing sustainable approaches to advancing economic and social opportunity globally. Importantly, they also recognize that collaborations among governments, foundations, individual donors, NGOs, businesses, social enterprises and civil society organizations offer possibilities for improving billions of lives around the world in new and innovative ways, and I hope our ongoing research continues to shed light on that work for them.”

Dr. Osili was joined by fellow witnesses, Mr.Daniel Runde from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mr.Sam Worthington from InterAction, and Ms.Semhar Araia from UNICEF USA.

To view additional information about today’s hearing, or to watch it in full, click here.

To view Sen. Young’s opening statement, click here.