Kenyan Ambassador to the U.S. Shares His Thoughts on Effective Foreign Assistance

As part of an ongoing dialogue with developing world voices, Kenya’s Ambassador to the U.S., Peter N.R.O. Ogego, recently spoke with MFAN on his experiences working with bilateral and multilateral donors and how to reform foreign assistance and aid programs to have a greater impact at fighting poverty and disease, promoting economic growth and innovation, and creating sustainable, accountable societies and governments.

A Conservative Perspective on Foreign Assistance Reform – Part 2

In a piece published in The Daily Caller, former Representative Mark Green (R-WI), who also served as Ambassador to Tanzania from 2007-2009, calls on Congress to maintain support for a strong International Affairs Budget and follow through on foreign assistance reform.

MFAN Named “Leading Coalition” by Foreign Affairs

As part of Foreign Affairs’ “What to Read on Foreign Aid”, John Gershman cites MFAN as “the leading coalition of organizations in the United States working to reform U.S. foreign aid in line with a more strategic approach to development policy in general.”

Noteworthy News – 2.12

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

The Business Case for Foreign Aid Reform

The Initiative for Global Development, an MFAN partner, has issued a new policy brief making the case for why businesses should care about foreign assistance reform.

Secretary Geithner Says U.S. Will Work with Partners to Help Rebuild Haiti

Treasury announced that the U.S. intends to seek a commitment with other donors for the relief of Haiti’s debt to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Development Association (IDA) in a manner that provides direct and immediate grant support to Haiti.

MFAN Principals Weigh in on FY 2011 International Affairs Budget

The global health and humanitarian aid communities are pleased but not thrilled by the Obama administration’s new budget request, which saw modest although lower-than-expected increases in a number of development accounts.