MFAN Lauds Secretary of State Clinton for Commitment to Development

Sec. Clinton Tribute

Last night before an audience of more than 1,000 guests, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition – an MFAN partner composed of 400 public- and private-sector leaders and organizations – honored Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her lifelong commitment to public service and her efforts to elevate America’s smart power tools of development and diplomacy.

Upon receiving the award, Secretary Clinton gave remarks that highlighted her commitment to elevating development and diplomacy in a “smart power” approach to U.S. foreign policy:

“We know that too often our efforts have been undermined by a lack of coordination, too little transparency, haphazard monitoring and evaluation, an over-reliance on contractors who work with too little oversight, and by relationships with recipient countries based more on patronage than partnership.  We know that development works best when it is based not in aid, but in investment.”

(L) MFAN Principals Nancy Lindborg of Mercy Corps and Bill Lane of Caterpillar, Inc.
(L) MFAN Principals Nancy Lindborg of Mercy Corps and Bill Lane of Caterpillar, Inc.

Sec. Clinton also acknowledged the new faces of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Mr. Daniel Yohannes and Dr. Rajiv Shah, respectively.

“Development is and must remain the key. And I am delighted that with me tonight are two of our new leaders. I hope you’ll get to meet Daniel Yohannes, who is sitting right here, who is the new president of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Daniel came to this country from Ethiopia as a young, young man, took advantage of the extraordinary opportunities available in America, pursued his dreams, fulfilled them, became very successful, and now is giving back.

“And I am also proud to have a gifted partner and champion who will soon be at the helm of the U.S. Agency for International Development. It took us time to find the right person, but Raj Shah was worth the wait. And Raj will be reporting directly to me. He will always have a seat at the table as we formulate policy and chart our next steps. Together, we will ensure that USAID is once again the premier development agency in the world.”

MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann applauded the evening’s guest of honor, saying, “In a short period of time, Secretary Clinton has already done a great deal to elevate the importance of U.S. efforts to help poor people around the world.  I am especially excited that we will soon have a strong leader in place at USAID – Raj Shah – to support Secretary Clinton by providing the dedicated leadership and voice we need on development issues as well as by reinvigorating the Agency in carrying out our development work.”

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