288. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Secretary of State Vance1


  • Follow-up to PRC Meeting on U.S. Relations with Developing Countries: The Next Twelve Months—Study by DCC on Quantitative Targets

The PRC has agreed to ask the Development Coordination Committee to undertake a study of quantitative development targets for use in planning and implementing U.S. programs and in international con [Page 902] sideration of development objectives.2 The study should address such issues as:

1. the implications of international targets which may lead to commitments for U.S. performance, and safeguards against such implied commitments;

2. the type of target most appropriate for the U.S. in light of Congressional intentions to ensure that U.S. assistance effectively reaches those most in need;

3. the merits or demerits of targets set for specific sectors or countries relative to other kinds of targets.

The study should pay particular attention to the distinction between planning targets for use within the U.S. Government and international targets which might be part of an agreement on the objectives of the Third Development Decade.

Please submit a report by February 28, 1978 for review by the PRC.3

Zbigniew Brzezinski
  1. Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 26, PRM–08 3 of 3 [2]. Confidential.
  2. See Document 276.
  3. Tarnoff forwarded the study, an April 1978 paper entitled “Development Coordination Committee Quantitative Targets Study,” to Brzezinski under cover of an April 24, 1978, memorandum. (Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 66, PRC 043 11/11/77 Common Fund Negotiations)