MFAN Member Grapples with Delayed Reviews

Sarah Jane StaatsSarah Jane Staats, director of policy outreach at the Center for Global Development and MFAN member, recently posted a piece on CGD’s Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance blog drawing an uncomfortable comparison to the delayed reviews and the muddled bureaucratic process these reviews are trying to streamline and simplify.  Both the Presidential Study Directive and the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review were set to deliver findings by now, and the clock is running out for the administration to implement any durable reforms.  See excerpts from Staats blog below:

“Two major reviews on U.S. development policy—the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Global Development Policy (PSD) and the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)—intend to make sense out of the confusing array of agencies and actors involved in U.S. global development policy; both appear to be suffering delays rooted in the very bureaucratic confusion they aim to resolve.”

“Nearly one year out, it’s hard to see whether we’re any closer to agreement. Eighteen months into this administration, the delay means President Obama and his team are running out of time not just to issue strategies, but to implement any reforms. The less time there is for the reforms to get traction, the less likely they’ll create any lasting legacy.”

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