Noteworthy News- 10.30

This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community. What we’re reading:  Development creeps into Afghanistan dialogue; food security ahead of a new study. What we can achieve in Afghanistan (Washington Post-Robert Zoellick, October 30)First, we need to “secure development” — that is, create … Continue reading Noteworthy News- 10.30

MFAN Partners Save and Oxfam Release Reports on Aid Effectiveness

Save the Children published “Modernizing Foreign Assistance: Insights from Liberia” evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. aid programs in the country. Oxfam’s Aid Effectiveness team released a Smart Development in Practice report on transparency between local governments and USAID in Indonesia.

Will We Have a USAID Administrator by Year’s End? Take the Poll Today!

MFAN Principal and senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development (CGD) Sheila Herrling launched a poll today on the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance blog asking individuals whether they think we will have a much-needed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator by the end of the year given the Senate confirmation process.

Top Nations Rank Poorly in 2009 CDI Index

Today the Center for Global Development released its latest Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 22 of the world’s richest countries based on their dedication to policies that benefit the developing world. The index is unique in that it measures national efforts in seven key policy areas: aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security and technology.

New Country Study Assails USG Aid and Trade Incoherence

In a newly published country study – “Modernizing Foreign Assistance: Insights from Bangladesh” – MFAN partner organization Save the Children highlights how our development policies give with one hand, and take with the other. For example, in 2008, for every $1 in aid the USG provided to Bangladesh, Bangladesh paid $3 in tariffs on goods exported to the U.S.

Lew, Slaughter, Fulgham Talk QDDR

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, an MFAN partner organization, launched its “Putting Smart Power to Work” campaign by hosting Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Jack Lew, State Department Director of Policy and Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alonzo Fulgham for the first public dialogue on the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). The event featured the three principal architects of the QDDR for a panel discussion of the review process.

MFAN Principal: Without Leader at USAID, Development Work Being Farmed Out to Other Agencies

In a recent piece on the Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance” blog, CGD Senior Policy Analyst and MFAN Principal Sheila Herrling comments on the growing trend of work-arounds of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as the agency lingers in its ninth month without an Administrator appointed by President Obama.