MFAN Principal: “Once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform foreign assistance”


MFAN Principal and Women Thrive Worldwide Co-Founder and President Ritu Sharma, who spoke at the event, argued, “The key thing that all these groups show about women benefiting from programs is intentionality: we have to design programs that take women into account, it does not happen on its own. Our foreign assistance programs should do the same.” She went on to say, “We have a once-in- a generation opportunity to reform U.S. foreign assistance and ensure that women, the poorest citizens of the world, benefit from it.”

State Releases More on Food Security Initiative


Today the State Department released a consultation document on the Food Security Initiative. This paper expands upon the fact sheet released last week and includes the five guiding principles outlined by Secretary Clinton in a speech Friday at the Clinton Global Initiative.

WWF US CEO Takes Reform Message to Capitol Hill


WWF US President and CEO Carter Roberts, one of the world’s leading conservationists, has a unique view on foreign assistance reform. Today, he brought his message to Capitol Hill for a bi-cameral hearing on the innovative Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP).

Leading Conservationist Weighs in on Foreign Assistance Reform — Part 1 of 2


As the only conservation leader among MFAN’s Principals, World Wildlife Fund US CEO Carter Roberts brings a unique point of view to the network’s foreign assistance reform efforts. Below, for the first time on the ModernizeAid blog, Roberts lays out the first in two parts on his conservationist’s argument for foreign assistance reform, which WWF first unveiled in its “Greenprint” for the Obama Administration in January 2009.

At CGI, Secretary Clinton Calls Development Essential in a Complex, Interconnected World


In a speech Friday at the Clinton Global Initiative, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the framework for the Obama Administration’s Food Security Initiative, which could provide a new model of strategic coordination for U.S. development efforts. Referencing both the G-8 commitment of $20 billion for food security and the State Department Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), Clinton hailed a new U.S. commitment to the fight against global poverty and hunger, and pledged to transform U.S. development policy to improve transparency, monitoring and evaluation, and accountability for more effective long-term investments .

Kerry & Lugar Deliver Message to Obama: Time is of the Essence for a USAID Administrator


As part of the Center for Global Development’s newly launched blog – Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance – MFAN Principal and CGD Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Herrling highlights a recent letter from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) urging President Obama to name a nominee to the vacant … Continue reading Kerry & Lugar Deliver Message to Obama: Time is of the Essence for a USAID Administrator

Obama’s UN General Assembly Address Hits Important Development Notes


At the UN General Assembly this morning, President Obama again put development at the center of his foreign policy vision, laying out an agenda for how nations can cooperate to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, including poverty and disease, nuclear proliferation, climate change, the economic crisis, and conflict.