Earlier this week, an op-ed appearing in the Argus Leader, South Dakota State Senator and Truman Partner Angie Buhl explained why international development is important to all of us, even her hometown of Sioux Falls in  in South Dakota. As Senator Buhl says,

“Even in Sioux Falls, we know that after-school programs for kids can keep them from joining gangs and entering a life of crime. In places like the Horn of Africa, building schools keeps those kids from joining al-Qaida and entering a life of terrorism. Building roads, water treatment plants and schools is much cheaper than sending soldiers abroad or dealing with the aftermath of terrorist attacks.”

With Congress recently threatening to cut funding to vital development and aid programs, the connection Senator Buhl draws between the these programs to our local communities is more relevant than ever.