Tomorrow, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Obama Administration’s nominee for Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Here are five questions Senators on the Committee should consider asking the nominee.
Last night, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced the New Partnership for Trade Development Act (H.R.4101), an important piece of legislation geared toward harmonizing trade and US development efforts.
Test your knowledge of foreign assistance reform! Match the Senator to his quote about the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524), which passed SFRC yesterday on a vote of 14-3. The answers will come soon!
Today, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Richard Lugar (R-IN), and a bipartisan group of Senators took a concrete step towards making U.S. foreign assistance more effective by passing the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524) out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
MFAN Partners responded in force to the nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah as USAID Administrator on Tuesday. See below for a sampling of excerpts from official statements: Bread for the World Incoming USAID Chief Needs Clout “We are hopeful that Dr. Shah’s unique combination of knowledge about global health, agriculture, and other issues will allow … Continue reading MFAN Partners Speak Out on the USAID Nomination
After ten months of waiting and wondering, yesterday President Obama nominated Dr. Rajiv Shah to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). MFAN welcomed the news with a key message for policymakers and the community: For Dr. Shah to effectively lead critical, ongoing U.S. development efforts – foreign assistance reform, the global food security initiative, and Afghanistan-Pakistan, to name a few – he should be given a seat at the National Security Council from which he can lend a distinct voice for development to ongoing foreign policy discussions, and budget and policy authority should be restored to USAID, as provided for in S.1524, the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009
On the same day that a nominee for Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was announced – Dr. Rajiv Shah – a resolution (S.Res.312) introduced by Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to empower and strengthen USAID passed the Senate yesterday by unanimous consent.
MFAN applauds the nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah to be Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We are hopeful that his unique combination of knowledge about global health, agriculture, and other issues will allow him to provide a strong and indispensable development voice as major decisions are made about U.S. foreign policy. Congress should confirm Dr. Shah quickly.
Get out your calendars and take note of the following upcoming event to support MFAN and the larger development community: Monday, November 16th 9-10:30 AM at the Center for American Progress main office (1333 H St NW, 10th Floor) The Center for American Progress (CAP) will host a panel discussion on integrating the elements of US … Continue reading Save the Date: CAP Hosts Anne-Marie Slaughter
MFAN is pleased to announce the addition of three new Principals to the distinguished leadership group that guides the efforts of the coalition.