Five Questions for USAID Confirmation Hearing


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.

Can You Match the Quote to the Senator Behind S.1524?


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!

MFAN Statement: Initial Bill Passed by SFRC Adds to Aid Reform Momentum


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 Speak Out on the USAID Nomination


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

MFAN Helps Spread the Word about USAID Administrator 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

Resolution Empowering and Strengthening USAID Passes Senate Unanimously


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 Statement: USAID Nominee Shah’s Leadership Needed on Development


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.