Noteworthy News – 1.29


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community.

Friday Afternoon Special: Congress Carrying the Flag on Reform


As officials at the State Department and USAID continue to wrangle over what to do with America’s top development agency, lawmakers are pushing their own ideas for reform. Soon, the State Department could have its first authorization bill since 2002, a policy blueprint that could include significant input from Capitol Hill.

Senator Dick Lugar Delivers a Compelling Argument for Reform


Last night at the Society for International Development’s annual Washington awards dinner, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Minority Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) were honored for their efforts to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective, transparent, and accountable.  USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah honored both Kerry and Lugar with an introductory speech, in … Continue reading Senator Dick Lugar Delivers a Compelling Argument for Reform

President Obama’s State of the Union Address


In his first State of the Union address last night, President Obama alluded to his campaign pledge to “strengthen our common security by investing in our common humanity.”

High-Level Haiti Commentary Touches on Foreign Assistance Reform Themes


Since almost the moment that a devastating earthquake struck Haiti nearly three weeks ago, high-level world leaders, development experts (including MFAN Principals), and others have published pieces with opinions on what went wrong with development in Haiti and what we can do to make things right.

Noteworthy News – 1.20


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community.