MFAN Principal Talks about the Future of Foreign Aid in Devex

Noam UngerAs part of Devex’s 40 Under 40 Development Leaders in DC, the outlet featured MFAN Principal and Brookings Institution Fellow and Director of the Foreign Assistance Project Noam Unger. In the interview, Unger discusses new trends in foreign assistance incorporated into the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, the forthcoming Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), and USAID Forward reforms; examples of these trends include a focus on development outcomes and partnership and coordination across sectors. The piece recognizes Unger’s work in the development community, including with MFAN. Read the full piece here and see excerpts below:

“Fundamentally, revamping the U.S. system for supporting development outcomes is important to me because it presents a real opportunity to help poor people globally who stand to gain from improved efforts by the world’s largest aid donor,” he said. “The U.S. public will also benefit from smarter global development policies and a more effective foreign assistance system that advances American values, economic interests and security.”

“A good leader in this field,” said Unger, “understands the complexity of development politics, policies and operations, and applies that knowledge and experience to navigate the inherent challenges, influence key stakeholders, and deliver results.”

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