USAID’s Shah Says It’s Time to Rethink U.S. Approach to Global Poverty


In an interview yesterday with Reuters, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah underscored the need for a new approach to development, saying the Obama Administration will be “calling for a really significant rethinking of how development is pursued.”  Citing this week’s important UN Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York, Shah stated that most of the goals … Continue reading USAID’s Shah Says It’s Time to Rethink U.S. Approach to Global Poverty

CGD: USAID Staff Tracker Update


MFAN Partner the Center for Global Development (CGD) reported last week on two USAID nominees who were confirmed by the Senate. Mark Feierstein is the new assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean and Nisha Desai Biswal is the new assistant administrator for Asia.  Two more assistant administrator nominees are set to have confirmation … Continue reading CGD: USAID Staff Tracker Update

MFAN Statement: Five Things to Watch For on Aid Reform at MDG Summit


September 20, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram: The Obama Administration’s ambitious development commitments will be under the spotlight this week at the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit, where USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said the U.S. will … Continue reading MFAN Statement: Five Things to Watch For on Aid Reform at MDG Summit

New Brookings Policy Briefs on Making Development Aid More Effective


Given the need to reform development assistance efforts within the current window of political opportunity, the Brookings Institution recently released a series of policy briefs that offer a range of recommendations for influential global development actors that look beyond questions of increased resources for antipoverty services to the effectiveness of different approaches and to the systemic issues associated with the delivery of development outcomes.

This Week in Events


Below is a schedule of key events from the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit, the UN General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative – all occurring this week.  Please note, not included are Plenary Sessions for the UN MDG Summit and the General Assembly meetings: Monday, September 20 UN MDG Summit: Poverty, Hunger, and … Continue reading This Week in Events

Foreign Aid Reform and National Security


Mark Green, Ambassador and Congressman (ret.), wraps up his blog series about why conservatives care about foreign assistance reform with a post on how making our foreign assistance system more effective can help bring home our men and women in uniform – and make future deployments less necessary/minimize the need for future deployments.

CNAS Releases Three Papers on QDDR


Yesterday, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released three papers offering policy recommendations for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) team as the State Department and other agencies gear up to rollout the findings. The first paper in the series, “Planning Diplomacy and Development: Force Planning Applications for the State Department,” looks … Continue reading CNAS Releases Three Papers on QDDR

Thomas Nides to State?


The latest in a string of suspects to replace Deputy Secretary Jack Lew is Thomas Nides, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Morgan Stanley, Washington Post’s Al Kamen and Politico’s Laura Rozen reported this week. Nides is on the short list of Wall Street executives because of close ties formed while working for … Continue reading Thomas Nides to State?