The Alianza: States-to-People Aid

The biggest share of Alliance for Progress aid goes into long-term development programs, and it often takes a desperately long time to filter through government bureaucracies. To give ordinary Latin Americans a sense of progress now, the U.S. is backing a new program called "Partners of the Alliance." The idea is to match a U.S. state with a country, region, or large state in Latin America that shares some common characteristic and let the partners take it from there.

Since the program started 17 months ago, 22 U.S. states have joined, and 13 more are expected to sign up by...

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