How is USAID Implementing the President’s Global Development Policy?

The same day the PPD was released, the President, during his speech to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit, hammered home the importance of emphasizing economic growth, calling it “the most powerful force the world has ever known for eradicating poverty and creating opportunity….” As USAID’s response to MFAN displays, it appears that the process of converting the President’s priority into the USAID business model remains a work in progress. Four “Partnership for Growth” countries have been designated; a new economic growth strategy paper has been promised; and the USAID Policy Framework mentions economic growth as the fourth of its seven “Core Development Objectives.” Given PPD-6’s powerful endorsement of economic growth, these steps seem modest at best.

MFAN Statement: Senate Budget Bill Strong on Foreign Assistance and Reform

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a strong FY13 State and Foreign Operations budget to support U.S. leadership in the fight against global poverty and disease. Acknowledging the challenging fiscal climate, we urge Congress to adopt the Senate bill and advance it to President Obama to sign into law.

New CAP-CGD Report on Reorienting the International Affairs Budget

To create the report, Veillette and Norris put together a working group of 15 bipartisan individuals who provided input on ways to frame and approach the topic. The goal was to provide a framework to accommodate cuts to the International Affairs budget—frequently referred to as the 150 account—while maintaining U.S. global leadership in the field.

MFAN Co-Chairs New Op-ed: More Sunlight on US Foreign Assistance

“Increased transparency, particularly on the part of the Obama administration, will go a long way toward ensuring that we come out of this budget round with the resources and momentum it will take to capitalize on progress toward development outcomes and reform.”

EVENT: A Bipartisan Approach to Reorienting the International Affairs Budget

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network invites you to the launch of a new report from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Global Development: Engagement Amid Austerity: A Bipartisan Approach to Reorienting the International Affairs Budget Featuring report co-authors: John Norris, Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American … Continue reading EVENT: A Bipartisan Approach to Reorienting the International Affairs Budget

Oxfam Takes on Implementation and Procurement Reform

USAID’s effort to reduce its reliance on contractors and invest more directly in local government and civil society is referred to as implementation and procurement reform (IPR) and it is part of the broader USAID Forward agenda. Specifically, the agency plans to spend 30 percent of its funds through local actors by 2015 (up from 11 percent in 2011).

How is USTR Implementing the President’s Global Development Policy?

These initiatives and commitment on the part of USTR are both substantial and vital. But they leave unanswered two other vital questions: does USTR—or any of the government development agencies—fully appreciate the dominant role that must be assigned to the private sector if trade and investment is to grow in the least developed countries? And do they understand that policies of developing countries are very often the major impediment to such growth—regulatory, tax, tariff, procurement and the unsanctioned but often choking prevalence of corruption?