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:
“We also know today’s challenges cannot be met with outmoded tools. In the U.S., the Cold War-era laws that guide our global development efforts incorporate 140 different goals and priorities and 400 directives, and our efforts are executed by at least 12 departments, 25 different agencies, and almost 60 government offices. When it comes to foreign aid, Americans’ generous impulses and intentions are thwarted by our own confused system, which too often results in conflicting priorities, missed opportunities, and wasted resources.
That is why, today, I am announcing the United States’ first ever National Strategy for Global Development. From now on, my country’s development mission is clear: reducing global poverty. We will do that by supporting citizens and governments who are working together to achieve broad-based, sustainable, private-sector driven economic growth. And as we pursue economic growth, we will also support people’s efforts to secure their rights and dignity.”
To read the article and the rest of Offenheiser’s draft speech for President Obama, click here.