More QDDR Reactions from MFAN Partners


MFAN Partners continue to respond to the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), which Secretary Clinton released last week. If you missed our first recap, click here.

Development Community Reacts to QDDR


Read highlights and analysis about the QDDR from a variety of CSIS experts and others in the development community. Be sure to tell us what you think!

Shah Talks about Feed the Future on ABC’s This Week


Yesterday, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah was interviewed by Christiane Amanpour to discuss the Obama administration’s approach to food security. He spoke at length about the marquee food security initiative–Feed the Future–with it’s emphasis on malnutrition and supporting local farmers so that countries can move away from a dependence on food aid. He also talked … Continue reading Shah Talks about Feed the Future on ABC’s This Week

MFAN in the News: QDDR Release


Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, alongside USAID Administrator Raj Shah and others, rolled out the first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). As MFAN Co-Chairs Rev. David Beckmann and George Ingram said in their statement: “With today’s release of the first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), the Obama Administration has finalized its roadmap for how U.S. foreign aid can be made more effective, efficient, and accountable in the 21st century. This is absolutely critical in a resource-constrained world where our efforts to save lives and help vulnerable people build their own livelihoods are as important as our military and diplomatic activities.”

Stimson Center Launches QDDR Scorecard


The Stimson Center has put together a helpful scorecard on their assessment of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). Focusing on authorities, structures, and capacity this QDDR scorecard is a useful tool to keep in mind as you make your way through the 200+ page document. Categories include: Define State and USAID missions and set … Continue reading Stimson Center Launches QDDR Scorecard

A Good Day for Aid Transparency


MFAN Partner Publish What You Fund blogged about the exciting new development in a series of aid transparency efforts: the launch of www.foreignassistance.gov. “The most important and exciting thing about the site is that it is the beginning of more and better things to come. This is the first output of an important interagency aid transparency process working to develop a common framework and publish aid information, documents and data across all of the agencies providing foreign assistance.”

MFAN Statement: USAID Dashboard a Strong Action Step on Reform


December 17, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram: We applaud the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for launching the new US Foreign Assistance Dashboard—the first comprehensive, web-based tool that provides information to policymakers, … Continue reading MFAN Statement: USAID Dashboard a Strong Action Step on Reform

MFAN Partners React to QDDR Release


Below are excerpts from MFAN Partners’ statements in reaction to the release of the first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) yesterday.  Stay tuned for press coverage of the rollout. MFAN Co-Chair and President of Bread for the World Rev. David Beckmann stated, “The QDDR is an important step in reforming U.S. foreign aid, making … Continue reading MFAN Partners React to QDDR Release

The QDDR: Whew, It’s Done (Or Is It?)


The QDDR represents an ambitious agenda filled with commitments to “do better.” Operationalizing those commitments, and changing the culture required to do so will be difficult. If State and USAID do not constructively engage with Congress, I can predict that many of the proposed changes will not see the light of day.

Transparency for Global Development


Jeremy Weinstein, Director for Democracy on the National Security Staff and Robynn Sturm, Advisor to the Deputy Director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy blog about the recently launched www.foreignassistance.gov. The Foreign Assistance Dashboard is the latest milestone in the Obama Administration’s commitment to create “an unprecedented level of openness in Government.”