“I know we’ve heard these imperatives before – the need to coordinate our aid, hold ourselves accountable, share our knowledge, track results. But now, we cannot just declare our intentions…Therefore, this is not only a conference about what financially we pledge to Haiti. We also have to pledge our best efforts to do better ourselves – to offer our support in a smarter way, a more effective way that produces real results for the people of Haiti.”
On the eve of the International Donors’ Conference Toward a New Future in Haiti – co-hosted by the U.S. and the UN – in New York City, MFAN has released a paper outlining principles of foreign assistance reform that will lead to effective reconstruction and long-term development for Haiti.
The President understood that the problem, at its heart, was a humanitarian and development issue, requiring a humanitarian and development lead and solution – with unflagging support from our nation’s highest level diplomats, soldiers, trade negotiators, and treasury officials.
Since then, both the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and Presidential Study Directive on Global Development (PSD-7) have set out to tackle many of these points: elevating and streamlining U.S. foreign assistance structures, integrating civilian and military instruments to deal with weak and fragile states, and considering the appropriate balance of authorities and resources between the State and Defense Departments.
Yesterday Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health to discuss U.S. government policy for sub-Saharan Africa.
Whether they are selling products and services in the international marketplace or sourcing their inputs from overseas, companies today are far more engaged globally now than ever before. U.S. business has a core interest in the economic health of the rest of the world.
On Monday, March 29th the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with other government agencies, will launch Global Pulse 2010 — a new online initiative that will connect people from around the world to discuss important issues and challenges relating to development, security, and global prosperity.
Last Thursday, the Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and a group of experts as part of the Center’s Sustainable Security series. Berman headlined the event titled, “U.S. Global Development Policy in the 21st Century: Implications for Reform.”
President Obama and his administration have emphasized the need for U.S. development policy and practice to support “country ownership”—the idea that poor countries and their people need to lead their own development.
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