Budget cuts threaten lives abroad and the economy at home

See below for a guest post from Christopher J. Elias, President and CEO of MFAN Partner PATH on the severity of House of Representatives-proposed cuts to the 150 account, particularly looking at the impact such cuts would have on global health programs worldwide.

A Crisis with a Female Face

See below for a guest post by Sinead Murray from MFAN partner International Rescue Committee on gender-based violence in the Horn of Africa crisis. The post originally appeared on ONE’s blog. Dadaab, Kenya — On the outskirts of Hagadera, a refugee camp near the town of Dadaab, Somali women and their families are gathered, desperately seeking … Continue reading A Crisis with a Female Face

CCEFA Profile: Rep. James Moran

In his eleven terms in Congress, Rep. Moran has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the developing world through his legislative endeavors. A proponent of comprehensive foreign assistance, he was a cosponsor both on the Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009 and the Global Poverty Act of 2007.

MFAN Partner Mercy Corps Testifies before U.S. Senate about Horn of Africa Crisis

See below for a guest post from Jeremy Konyndyk, Director of Policy and Advocacy at MFAN Partner Mercy Corps, on his recent testimony regarding the crisis in the Horn of Africa. The original post is available here. Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations’ African Affairs … Continue reading MFAN Partner Mercy Corps Testifies before U.S. Senate about Horn of Africa Crisis

CCEFA Profile: Rep. Tammy Baldwin

To this point, Rep. Baldwin has been quoted in saying, “America’s reason for maintaining her superpower status must be to export the best of our democratic system of governance and the hope of the American Dream to the rest of the world.”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: ‘American Aid is Lifting Liberia’

Over the weekend, The Washington Post ran an op-ed by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in which she elaborates on the partnership between Liberia and the U.S. that has helped set her country on a path to recovery, and even growth, following a decades-long civil war. She writes: “Thanks to our partnership with the American people, we are rebuilding roads, clinics, and schools, and expanding access to electricity, water, and sanitation. It is critical that this aid continues in next year’s budget.”

Following Through on Reforms

At this time of high budget deficits and higher political stakes, the U.S. needs to be more efficient than ever with its development dollars. This means the administration must tackle the hard parts of PPD implementation, like working with Congress on legislation that makes USAID’s reforms permanent. It means Congress needs to stop deluding itself that cuts to development assistance, just half of one percent of the federal budget, will balance the budget.

CCEFA Profile: Rep. Jim McDermott

See below for our latest Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) profile of the Congressman from Washington, Jim McDermott. We’ve already profiled the Co-Chairs Ander Crenshaw and Adam Smith, as well as Representatives Keith Ellison, Denny Rehberg, Laura Richardson, Dennis Ross, Aaron Schock, Lynn Woolsey, and Hank Johnson. Stay tuned for more!

Deputy Administrator Steinberg Addresses Reform at InterAction Forum

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Don Steinberg spoke at MFAN partner InterAction’s Forum 2011 yesterday, offering insight into the “new development landscape.” He assessed the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s recent review of U.S. development efforts, highlighting some of their recommendations: “We’ve moved forward on aid effectiveness principles, including accountability, transparency and sustainability … Continue reading Deputy Administrator Steinberg Addresses Reform at InterAction Forum

Secretary Clinton Addresses Food Security & Famine in the Horn of Africa

Secretary Clinton appeared at the International Food Policy Research Institute this morning to address the ongoing famine and refugee crisis in the Horn of Africa, calling it “the most severe humanitarian emergency in the world today.” The Secretary discussed the tragedy unfolding in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, emphasizing the need for a rapid response and … Continue reading Secretary Clinton Addresses Food Security & Famine in the Horn of Africa