Where Does My Money Go?


In part to celebrate International Right to Know Day (which was Tuesday) MFAN Partner Publish What You Fund has worked with the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Open Knowledge Foundation to produce an aid data visualization for the UK.  This interactive map shows how the UK distributed its aid budget from 2004-2009, breaking … Continue reading Where Does My Money Go?

An Exploration of Integration: The next post in our GHI blog series


Read the next post in a blog series about the reform aspects of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) with a guest post by Janie Hayes, Communications Officer, Rotavirus Vaccine Program, PATH. In Washington, DC, integration is in the air. It is a centerpiece of the President’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and a common theme in congressional deliberations on foreign assistance reform. Integration is receiving so much attention for simple reasons: the need to find efficiencies and increase impact.

MFAN Members Weigh in on New Development Policy


MFAN Principal Noam Unger, Brookings Fellow and Policy Director of the Foreign Assistance Reform Project, co-wrote a piece exploring the major themes of the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD) with Homi Kharas, also of Brookings.  The authors suggest that the emphasis on modernizing development and ensuring that US agencies have the capacity and … Continue reading MFAN Members Weigh in on New Development Policy

USGLC Conference: Power Panel Talks PPD


At yesterday’s U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) annual conference, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, USAID Administrator Raj Shah, and president and CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Daniel Yohannes came together in a rare appearance to discuss President Obama’s new … Continue reading USGLC Conference: Power Panel Talks PPD

State’s Role in Implementing the PPD


Yesterday, the State Department put out the following release outlining State’s authority and role in ensuring policy objectives for development are met with respect to the new Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Global Development.   Major responsibilities include: ensuring accountability, here in Washington and in the field; coordinating across U.S. agencies; and building capabilities to work … Continue reading State’s Role in Implementing the PPD

Quick Takes: USGLC Conference


Today, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) held its annual conference in Washington, DC.  The day-long conference featured four major panels exploring the concept of smart power, particularly how development links to defense and security and the U.S. economy, and how the Obama administration is rolling out its new development policy. MFAN Principal Ritu Sharma, … Continue reading Quick Takes: USGLC Conference

A Review of USAID’s Major New York Events from Last Week:


    The following are highlights from USAID’s participation in events in New York last week.  USAID had a strong presence in the city, particularly USAID Administrator, Rajiv Shah. On the morning of September 21st, Raj Shah, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, and Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS … Continue reading A Review of USAID’s Major New York Events from Last Week:

MFAN Partner: “What Does the PPD Mean for USAID?”


Connie Veillette, new director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Initiative at the Center for Global Development (CGD), analyzes the commitment to rebuild USAID into “the world’s premier development agency” in light of the new Global Development Policy for CGD’s blog.  She argues that any government agency is only as strong as three conditions, identified … Continue reading MFAN Partner: “What Does the PPD Mean for USAID?”

“What Obama Got Right about Development”


The message “lets do more” is always popular because it also means “business as usual” for what is already going on. “Let’s do better at what we are doing”–that is a tough internal sell, but one that is useful–including I believe to people who are actually on the ground, doing the work.

MCC Post: “Witnessing a Historic Moment”


Sheila Herrling, vice president for policy and evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), posted a blog celebrating President Obama’s speech last week in which he unveiled the first U.S. Global Development Policy.  Herrling wrote that with the new Global Development Policy, a major reform effort kicks in, and the MCC is a great working … Continue reading MCC Post: “Witnessing a Historic Moment”