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Congressman Kolbe wins Commitment to Development Award

From the Center for Global Development:

Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Commitment to Development Award. Sponsored by the Center for Global Development and Foreign Policy magazine, the award honors an individual or organization from the rich world that has made a significant contribution to changing attitudes and policies towards the developing world. An expert panel selects the recipient annually.

As I mentioned when I first posted about the award, I voted for Bill and Melinda Gates. Congressman Kolbe is a smarter pick though. The Gates, Bono, Presidents Clinton and Carter, and Doctors Without Borders already get accolades for their work; giving them this award wouldn’t garner any additional attention for international development efforts. Selecting a Republican Congressmen, however, might get some headlines.

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