Fighting global poverty with locally led strategies


See below for a guest blog from Matthew Pickard, Save the Children’s Malawi Country Director. This is the fifth post in our field feedback series and the second in Save’s “Aid Reform Stories from the Field” series. Click here to read a post from Save the Children in Guatemala, Women Thrive in Ghana, Oxfam America in Uganda, and Management … Continue reading Fighting global poverty with locally led strategies

MFAN Statement: Development Must Play a Larger Role in QDDR Legislation


While S. 3341 rightly seeks to codify a review of U.S. diplomacy and development programs every four years, the lack of emphasis on a strong and independent development voice implies backsliding in our prioritization of U.S. development efforts. The QDDR’s important assertion that “diplomacy and development must be mutually reinforcing” is not well served by the legislation in its current form.

MFAN Statement: Lugar-Rubio Bill Signals Commitment to More Transparent, Accountable Foreign Assistance


In a period of intense political polarization, MFAN is pleased that members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came together to pass The Foreign Assistance Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (S. 3310) earlier today. This bipartisan legislation demonstrates broad agreement that the U.S. has an important role to play overseas and that we can drive better development outcomes with these critical reforms.

New ONE Campaign Takes on Malnutrition


On September 13, ONE kicked off a new campaign aimed at reducing chronic childhood malnutrition. The campaign—which will run through World Food Day in 2013—calls on world leaders to agree to a commitment that would reduce malnutrition for 25 million children by 2016.

Continually Working Ourselves Out of a Job, One Community at a Time


Today, PROSALUD has created a primary and secondary health care model that works in six of Bolivia’s nine departments, operating 27 clinics, five hospitals, and one child development center. All of its clinics have pharmacies, delivery rooms, waiting rooms, and reception rooms. The clinics and ambulance services operate every hour of the year. And while it is primarily known for providing quality services at a low cost, its reach and accessibility has combined to produce extraordinary numbers in health service delivery: more than 6.7 million medical consultations, more than 2.2 million immunizations, and more than 75,000 births.