REQUEST: Letters of Support to Joint Select Committee


Now, Senator Patty Murray, co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, has requested that organizations who signed onto the letter submit a separate letter from their organization in support of the International Affairs budget. Once collected, Sen. Murray will submit these letters to the official record during the committee’s deliberations.

Sec. Clinton to Attend Busan Forum


See below for a guest post from MFAN Principal Noam Unger, fellow and director of the Foreign Assistance Project, and Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Global Economy and Development, Development Assistance and Governance Initiative, both of Brookings Institution. They react to Secretary Clinton’s announcement that she would be attending the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Korea and what it signals for U.S. leadership in development. This post originally appeared on the Brookings Up Front blog.

OGP plans show US and UK commitment to aid transparency


To become a member, participating countries must make an Open Government Declaration; deliver a country action plan; and report on progress. Country plans were released as the OGP was launched. The US and the UK made important commitments to aid transparency, including to publish information in line with a common standard.

Brookings Paper Offers Recommendations on Anniversary of PPD


MFAN Principal Noam Unger’s recent paper for the Brookings Institution, “The Shape of U.S. Global Development Reforms,” offers a number of recommendations to the Obama administration on the eve of the first anniversary of the President’s global development policy, also known as the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD).

Bread for the World Applauds Former President Bush’s New Global Health Program


“We are delighted that President Bush is weighing in to protect funding and promote continued reform in U.S. foreign assistance,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “This week’s bipartisan cooperation on global health is a welcome break from the gridlock that has characterized efforts to reduce our national debt.”

Stark foreign affairs and defense trade-off coming in ’12


See below for a guest post from Matthew Leatherman of the Stimson Center on the foreign affairs appropriations process for FY12. This post originally appeared on the Stimson Center’s The Will and the Wallet blog. Being built around the Budget Control Act has made the Senate position on FY12 appropriations, released last week, a better … Continue reading Stark foreign affairs and defense trade-off coming in ’12

Taking a Closer Look at the PPD, One Year Later


Last Wednesday, MFAN held a town hall at the Newseum to discuss the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD). Panelists took questions on their views on the PPD and progress their agencies have made on implementing the directive, while also touching upon the overwhelming sense of austerity and the potential effect of budget cuts on U.S. foreign assistance. One of the most predominate themes was that all panelists stressed the meaningful interagency coordination that has resulted from the PPD.

MFAN Co-Chair Jim Kolbe and Oxfam’s Paul O’Brien to Speak on Kojo Nnamdi


On Monday, September 19th the Kojo Nnamdi Show will feature MFAN Co-Chair Jim Kolbe, former Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Paul O’Brien, Vice President of Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam America to discuss the future of foreign aid and the trajectory of reform, continuing a conversation that began two years ago.

Tweet Stream: Town Hall on PPD One Year Later


Yesterday, MFAN hosted a town hall discussion on the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development moderated by Carol Lancaster, Dean and Professor of Politics, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. The panel included: Sheila Herrling, Vice President for Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation; Marisa Lago, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Markets and … Continue reading Tweet Stream: Town Hall on PPD One Year Later