NEW YORK (Sep. 28)
The role of Israel in aiding developing nations will be the focus of a Twentieth Century Fund study exploring the whole question of mutual assistance among developing nations, it was announced here today.
The study will be conducted over the next year by Leopold Laufer, who is on leave from the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he has been largely concerned with problems and prospects of economic development among newly developing nations. The Twentieth Century Fund devotes its income, which is administered as a public trust by a board of trustees, entirely to its own research, educational and publishing activities in the field of economic and social problems.
In discussing his choice of Israel for the exploration of the aid-giving potential among the developing countries, Mr. Laufer pointed out that the scope of Israel’s program provides special opportunities. Israel, he said, has made available to other countries its pioneering experience in such areas as land settlement, water and irrigation, cooperatives, and youth leadership and development. The aid has been given both through technical assistance-type activities, involving the dispatch of Israeli experts abroad, and through the training in Israel of foreign technicians and administrators, Mr. Laufer will make his evaluations both in Israel and in selected countries where Israel has a program of some significance, it was stated.