Tweet Stream: Bush Administration’s Legacy on Global Development

Last Wednesday, MFAN co-hosted a panel discussion with the Consensus for Development Reform (CDR) on the George W. Bush Administration’s legacy on global development moderated by Johanna Nesseth Tuttle, Vice-President, Strategic Planning, and Co-Director, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS. The panel included: Ambassador John Danilovich, Former CEO, the Millennium Challenge Corporation; Ambassador Mark Dybul, Distinguished Scholar and Co-Director, Global Health Law Program, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University; Inaugural Global Health Fellow, The George W. Bush Institute; Former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Gary Edson, Executive Director of the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund; Former Deputy National Security Advisor, Deputy National Economic Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs; and The Honorable Jim Kolbe, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund; Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the House State/Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. We also opened with welcoming remarks from Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on African Affairs.

We’ll put together a recap of the event, but for now take a look at MFAN’s live tweet stream (@modernizeaid) of the event in reverse chronological order:

  • Edson: we need a new paradigm and that new paradigm is private sector-led #development
  • Edson: Obama admin needs to recreate that coalition to have impact on reforms
  • Edson: we also saw a coalition form between secular and faith-based, democrat and republican
  • Edson: we changed the conversation from inputs to outcomes. We began w what do we want to achieve and then how much do we need to get there
  • Edson: under the bush admin there was a revolution for the way#development was conceived and implemented
  • Gary Edson: don’t push for a cabinet level development agency; make the current system work and spend time helping people who need it.
  • Dybul: we shouldn’t provide program dollars but instead provide technical assistance and support at the local level
  • Dybul: what’s the role of BRICS in development? Don’t want to provide ODA but aren’t low-income countries; need new model
  • Lots of great audience questions on what to do about budget cuts and whether the international community has caught on to#foreignaid reform
  • Dybul: we need to change how we talk about public-private partnerships. Look at core competencies of a corp & match them to a dev project
  • Kolbe: we need to focus more on partnerships and how the public and private sectors can work better together to achieve our goals
  • Danilovich: these are American programs for the benefit of the American people.
  • Danilovich: we need leadership to allow private sector to take burden off of taxpayers
  • Dybul: we need to identify areas where we have private and public#development projects and coordinate better to reduce barriers
  • Dybul: last idea was the economic growth has to be the engine of#development. We need to emphasize the private sector role
  • Dybul: another idea was good governance. This went beyond tackling corruption to building out US interagency coordination on#development
  • Dybul: third idea was partnership frameworks growing out of idea that the US couldn’t do everything, everywhere.
  • Dybul: one foundational idea was results-based development and setting targets. Second idea was country ownership.
  • Dybul: all Bush admin initiatives, PEPFAR, PMI ect, grew out of same foundational idea from Monterrey consensus
  • Dybul: Obama admin is trying hard to take principles from previous admin & push them in new directions; this is a bipartisan effort
  • Danilovich: challenge now is where do we go from here? Who takes leadership?
  • Danilovich: MCC was not created as challenge to #USAID but as unique alternative and experiment and it has since proven its value
  • Danilovich: MCC was a revolutionary idea even though it’s logical to expect results from investments made and be held accountable
  • Jim Kolbe: budget crisis changed things dramatically & there seems to be an attitude again that our programs have not been as successful
  • Jim Kolbe: Remarkable leadership & commitment from President Bush, plus significant congressional leaders who were all receptive to change
  • Jim Kolbe: Overall, there was a general attitude that our #foreignaidwasn’t working well; Bush administration capitalized on this attitude
  • …and MFAN’s co-chair Jim Kolbe!
  • Our moderator Johanna Nesseth Tuttle @csis_org introducing our panelists: ambassador John Danilovich, ambassador Mark Dybul, Gary Edson…
  • @SenatorIsakson: we have to do some tough cutting but every cut needs cost benefit analysis. We need to make strong case for#foreignaid
  • @SenatorIsakson runs through success stories of MCC investments incl Tanzania and Ghana


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