UPDATED: Save the Date: 2 Events to Watch Out For

Get out your calendars and take note of the following upcoming events to support MFAN and the broader community:

Friday, October 8, 2010 8:30 – 10:00 AM at the German Marshall Fund of the United States

(1744 R Street NW, Washington, DC)

MFAN Partner the German Marshall Fund of the US will hold a discussion on “How to Make Development Sustainable in a Time of Fiscal Austerity” this Friday. In this period of fiscal austerity, foreign aid budgets are subject to increasing pressure alongside greater scrutiny on how development resources are being allocated and evaluated. In the absence of common frameworks and coordination mechanisms to improve policy coherence, efforts to address major challenges such as fragile states, climate change, and the MDGs will fall short. Strengthening transatlantic development cooperation is necessary to underpin collective action and more effective policy.

Please join GMF for a roundtable breakfast discussion with the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, about the removal of barriers to transatlantic collective action and more effective policy in the face of tightening budgets. MFAN Principal Jim Kunder will moderate this discussion. 

Breakfast will be served.


NEW: Wednesday October 13, 12:00 to 2:00 PM at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW)

On October 13, there will be a UNDP Roundtable discussion on “As the Waters Recede in Pakistan:  Restoring Hope & Livelihoods.”  The worst flooding in Pakistan’s history has uprooted 20 million people, killed thousands, and devastated key sectors of the economy.  Coming on top of an economic crisis and large dislocations from ongoing conflicts, the floods came as a huge blow to a population already reeling from multiple calamities.  Early recovery efforts led by UNDP focus on community and local governance, restoring vital public services, cash grants and “cash for work” programs, and future risk reduction through the construction of disaster-resistant homes and other approaches. The three speakers will review the economic and political challenges in moving from relief to recovery to longer-term development.

The panel will feature: Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary-General & Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific; Wendy Chamberlin, President, Middle East Institute & former US Ambassador to Pakistan; and MFAN Principal Michael Klosson, Vice President, Policy & Humanitarian Response, Save the Children.  Frederick S. Tipson, Director, UNDP/Washington, will moderate the discussion.

Please register by Friday, October 8, at this link: undp.eventbrite.com


Thursday, October 14 2:00 – 3:30 PM at 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

MFAN Partners Save the Children and Women Thrive Worldwide will host a panel discussion on “Country Ownership in Practice: Risks and Results.”At the recent MDG Summit in New York, President Obama announced a bold, new U.S. government policy on global development – the first ever. One of the core aid effectiveness principles it highlights is country ownership.  Hear experts from the U.S. government and NGO community – who are on the frontlines of putting country ownership into practice – discuss the possible risks and results of bringing this approach to scale within U.S. development policy and practice.  Panelists include: Lisa Gomer, General Counsel, USAID; Sheila Herrling, Vice President of Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation; Alice Burt, Researcher, Save the Children; and Nora O’Connell, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Women Thrive Worldwide.  MFAN Co-Chair and Executive Directive of the Academy for Educational Development George Ingram will moderate the discussion.

Please RSVP to aideffectiveness@savechildren.org by Tuesday, October 12.


NEW:  Thursday, October 14 10:00-11:00 AM at InterAction (1400 16th St NW)

Join MFAN Partner InterAction for a panel discussion with A-list, DC-based foreign policy journalists about why there has not been more interest in covering the Millennium Development Goals. Is it a story packaging problem or is there more to the overall lack of interest? Our special panelists include: Elise Labbot, CNN; Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy’s The Cable Blog; and Sue Pleming, InterAction (formerly of Reuters).

RSVP here no later than October 12.  Please contact Tawana Jacobs, InterAction’s Senior Manager of Public Relations at tjacobs@interaction.org with any event questions. 

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