QDDR Blog Series: MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann on Poverty

The third installment in MFAN’s QDDR blog series comes from our Co-Chair, Rev. David Beckmann, who serves as president of the leading anti-poverty advocacy organization Bread for the World. In his piece, Rev. Beckmann discusses how the QDDR can lead to a more effective, accountable foreign assistance system that gets better results in the fight against global poverty.

WHer and PMIer Sound Foreign Assistance Reform Themes

This morning, the Malaria No More Policy Center held its annual Champions Breakfast honoring the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Coordinator, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer (ret), and Office of Management and Budget Senior Health Advisor Ezekiel Emanuel.  Also in attendance was Emanual’s brother, Rahm, the White House Chief of Staff, as well as Representatives Don Payne … Continue reading WHer and PMIer Sound Foreign Assistance Reform Themes

QDDR Blog Series: MFAN Principal Noam Unger on the Relation to the PSD

Given the prominence of global development within the overall focus for the QDDR, it is expected that the actual report – due in the fall of 2010 – will have plenty to say on how to bolster State, USAID and the MCC to engage more effectively in poor and fragile states.

MFAN QDDR Blog Series: Time for Hard Questions

The release of initial findings from the State Department’s landmark Quadrennial Diplomacy & Development Review (QDDR), which will for the first time provide a strategic blueprint for U.S. development and foreign assistance efforts, is expected soon. Because this is such a key moment in the long push for foreign assistance reform, MFAN is launching a blog series to ensure lively debate about the goals and impacts of the QDDR.

USAID Announces New Personnel

See today’s press release from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on new positions at the agency

What do you think about USAID’s role in the QDDR?

Today, Alyssa Rosenberg at GovernmentExecutive.com posed two questions about the heightened media attention around the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in relation to the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), set to release mid-term findings by the end of the month.

Nearly 50 Military Officials Call International Affairs Budget Critical to Security

Members of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Committee released a letter today urging Congress to boost development and diplomacy spending. “Our military works hand-in-hand with diplomats and development experts in meeting the challenges and responsibilities we face around the world,” said General Hagee. “It is critical that our civilian agencies are properly resourced so they can lead key elements of our national security strategy.”

Reps. Carnahan and Cao Launch American Engagement Caucus

In an effort to address the many global challenges the U.S. faces today through increased partnership and multilateral engagement, Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Congressman Anh “Joe” Cao (R-LA) created the American Engagement Caucus.