Mark Your Calendars — Week of March 26, 2012

MFAN is co-hosting an event with the Consensus for Development Reform on Wednesday, March 28 to discuss the Bush Administration’s legacy on global development. Click here to learn more and RSVP!

New USAID Gender Policy: A Game Changer for Women?

The policy’s overarching goals are to shrink the gaping disparities between women and men, reduce violence against women and girls, and increase their capacity of women and girls make their own life decisions and pursue their own potential.

EVENT: Bush Administration’s Legacy on Development

The Consensus for Development Reform and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network invite you to a special panel discussion. The Bush Administration’s Legacy on Global Development: Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond ** Wednesday, March 28th The Naval Heritage Center – 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW 11:00 am – 12:30 pm With opening remarks by: Senator … Continue reading EVENT: Bush Administration’s Legacy on Development

Mark Your Calendars — Week of March 19, 2012

Every Thursday, MFAN will post a list of upcoming events for the following week. For more information about each event and to RSVP, click on the links below. If your organization is hosting an event next week and you don’t see yourself on the list, please email

USAID’s Development Credit Authority “Puts Local Wealth to Work”

This blog post is part of a continuing series exploring how U.S. agencies are promoting economic growth in their development work. The Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, released in September 2010, set broad-based economic growth as a pillar of sustainable, effective development policy. In the first post, we take a look at USAID’s Development … Continue reading USAID’s Development Credit Authority “Puts Local Wealth to Work”

USAID Releases Second Annual Letter

Last week, USAID Administrator Raj Shah released his second annual letter describing the ways in which the agency has elevated development over the past year, with a nod to USAID’s 50th anniversary. The letter focuses on three areas that have framed the agency’s work including seizing pivotal opportunities, embracing challenging roles, and building capacity, not independence.

DARA Examines Top Donors’ Humanitarian Response

The urgency demanded by humanitarian disasters often overwhelms a long-term vision, but aid effectiveness and foresight remain key considerations in the provision of aid. DARA, an international organization dedicated to improving aid quality in crisis situations, found in a recent report that the humanitarian sector has made limited progress in implementing reforms and good donor … Continue reading DARA Examines Top Donors’ Humanitarian Response

Shah Says Elevating Development is a Challenge, Not a Reward

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah delivered a major speech before the Council on Foreign Relations on how the administration is elevating development and transforming foreign assistance. Shah framed the speech by saying the decision by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to elevate development was not a “show of gratitude…It was a challenge.” To accept the challenge, and embrace the new world order, Shah said USAID changed its approach in three key ways: focusing on delivering value for money by making critical tradeoffs and shutting down missions and programs; prioritizing innovation through the Grand Challenges for Development; and instituting a new model for partnership that relies more heavily on “local entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and partner country governments.”