“Ironically, while foreign assistance has grown in importance in U.S. foreign policy over the past two decades, it has deteriorated organizationally, substantively, and procedurally. It will not take long to see how great a difference the deterioration in structure and process will have on development content. Already, the tangible erosion has had discernable, negative effects on the quality of analysis, internal discourse, and decisionmaking.”
In a recent blog post by MFAN Partner the Center for Global Development, Connie Veillette, Director of Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program, emphasizes the need to highlight the positive changes that have occurred recently at USAID thanks to Administrator Rajiv Shah’s leadership.
In the final blog post of a series about reform elements in the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, Kaitlin Christenson, Manager of the Global Health Technologies Coalition explores the role of innovation in making foreign assistance more effective. International development efforts will be most successful if they are streamlined, and US agencies working in international development should be strategically coordinated to maximize impact.
In Globalization and Health—an online, peer-reviewed journal—Ronald Labonté and Michelle Gagnon wrote a paper exploring how health has become a prominent global policy agenda in the last decade titled, “Framing health and foreign policy: lessons for global health diplomacy.” Do you think the Obama administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) aligns with the concept of global health diplomacy? Read the full article and let us know!
MFAN Partner Porter McConnell, Policy Advisor for Oxfam America’s Aid Effectiveness Team, breaks down the bureaucratic process of implementation and procurement reform in a fun and meaningful way. See what she has to say about how IPR can translate into real changes for poor people all over the world.
The Stimson Center recently launched a new blog, The Will and the Wallet, as part of its Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program. The blog will serve as a hub for analysis and research of the elements of foreign affairs including budgets, institutions, structures, and authorities in an attempt to offer solutions for how the US can enhance its civilian capacity at a time of limited resources.
Samuel A. Worthington, MFAN Principal and president of InterAction, an alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations carrying out international humanitarian and development work, writes an op-ed about the delicate balance between branding of U.S. foreign aid and security considerations when delivering humanitarian and relief assistance.
MFAN Partner the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) represents a strong alliance of business leaders and development experts committed to ending poverty. IGD is made up of a Leadership Council co-chaired by former U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Colin L. Powell; a Frontier 100 group that connects CEOs in the developing world … Continue reading Top Business Leaders Call for More Effective Development
In a recent series of blog posts for MFAN’s ModernizeAid blog, former Congressman Mark Green (R-WI) of the Malaria No More Policy Center lays out the Conservative case for foreign assistance reform. Rep. Green, who also served as Ambassador to Tanzania under President George W. Bush, gives 10 reasons Conservatives should get on board with more effective U.S. foreign assistance.
Yesterday, Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator announced at the Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that the Obama administration is making a three-year pledge of $4 billion to the Global Fund for 2011 through 2013. This is a 38% increase from the previous years will significantly help … Continue reading This Week from USAID’s Impact Blog