MFAN Statement: Visionary New Development Policy Lays the Foundation for More Effective Foreign Aid


September 22, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram: The foreign assistance reform movement is celebrating a major victory today.  With his speech laying out a new U.S. approach to development at the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit, President … Continue reading MFAN Statement: Visionary New Development Policy Lays the Foundation for More Effective Foreign Aid

Berman Hopes Obama Speech at U.N. Will Build Momentum for Aid Revamp


Don’t have a subscription to CQ? No problem. Read Emily Cadei’s article on House Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman’s hopes for foreign assistance reform here on ModernizeAid. “I don’t have the ability to make foreign assistance reform happen myself,” Berman said Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Society for International Development- Washington. “We have to have buy-in from both parties, both houses and, most especially, the executive branch. This is not something that’s done over their opposition.”

The MDG Speech Oxfam Wants President Obama to Give


The Hill’s Congress Blog published the speech that MFAN Principal Ray Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America, believes President Obama needs to give today at the MDG summit laying out America’s strategy for development leadership in the 21st century. After making the case that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are America’s Goals as well, Offenheiser states: … Continue reading The MDG Speech Oxfam Wants President Obama to Give

MFAN Member Calls for Action in Obama’s MDG Speech on Development


Below is a guest blog post from MFAN member Porter McConnell, Policy Advisor for Oxfam America’s Aid Effectiveness team, on President Obama’s speech later today at the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit, in which he will outline the new U.S. global development policy: President Obama: Just another speech, or… This week, world leaders are … Continue reading MFAN Member Calls for Action in Obama’s MDG Speech on Development

Washington Post Preview of New Development Policy from Obama Administration


Earlier today, Mary Beth Sheridan of the Washington Post published a preview of the new development policy Obama is scheduled to unveil this afternoon in his MDG speech. Two MFAN principals were quoted in the article. Click here to read the full article and be sure to visit ModernizeAid later today to get a read-out of President Obama’s speech.

UNGA Week: MFAN Partner Activities


Later today, President Obama will be speaking in New York at the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit and tomorrow at the UN General Assembly. Hopes are high that he will detail how the U.S. is planning to improve its global development policy.  Some might even see this as a huge missed opportunity if the Obama … Continue reading UNGA Week: MFAN Partner Activities

Rep. Berman Reiterates Commitment to Foreign Assistance Reform


In remarks today at the first event of the 2010-11 program year for the Society for International Development’s (SID) Washington, DC Chapter, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) reaffirmed his plans to introduce a comprehensive foreign aid reform bill that would replace the existing outdated Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

UN MDG Summit & Clinton Global Initiative: A Day in Review


Click here to read a summary of the events that happened at the UN MDG Summit and Clinton Global Initiative today–including the launch of a new State Department campaign–1000 Days: Change a Life, Change a Future.

In Case You Missed It…


Last Friday, Media Planet — with the help of many partners including CARE USA, the UN Millennium Campaign, Pathfinder International, and the International Women’s Health Coalition — published a special supplement in USA Today on the importance of investing in women and girls.  Helene Gayle, President of CARE, wrote a piece on “The Ripple Effect” … Continue reading In Case You Missed It…