Representatives Ackerman and Blumenauer Urge Nomination of USAID Administrator


Last week, Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter to the entire House of Representatives calling for the naming of an United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator immediately.

Yohannes’ Testimony at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing


Following President Obama’s nomination in September, today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a  hearing that included Daniel W. Yohannes, nominee as CEO for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).  Yohannes brings over thirty years of experience in managing businesses and ensuring positive results that directly benefit the developing world.   In his testimony, Yohannes notes … Continue reading Yohannes’ Testimony at Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

State Department says “trying very hard to identify, nominate and confirm” USAID Administrator


In yesterday’s daily press briefing at the State Department, spokesman Ian Kelly responded to a question about the lack of an administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He noted the number of “factors” that determine when we will have a USAID administrator and underscored the State Department’s anticipation of a nominee.

MFAN Principal J. Brian Atwood Discusses Political Obstacles for Foreign Aid Reform in Huffington Post


Today in the Huffington Post Dean of the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, former USAID Administrator and MFAN Principal J. Brian Atwood moves beyond the lack of leadership at USAID to highlight other obstacles the Obama Administration must overcome to modernize foreign assistance, make the most of current reviews like the QDDR and the PSD and enter a new era of U.S. global leadership. Atwood lays out four aspects of the political culture that determine the way the U.S. has come to think about development and its foreign assistance.

Noteworthy News- 10.30


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community. What we’re reading:  Development creeps into Afghanistan dialogue; food security ahead of a new study. What we can achieve in Afghanistan (Washington Post-Robert Zoellick, October 30)First, we need to “secure development” — that is, create … Continue reading Noteworthy News- 10.30

MFAN Partners Save and Oxfam Release Reports on Aid Effectiveness


Save the Children published “Modernizing Foreign Assistance: Insights from Liberia” evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. aid programs in the country. Oxfam’s Aid Effectiveness team released a Smart Development in Practice report on transparency between local governments and USAID in Indonesia.

Will We Have a USAID Administrator by Year’s End? Take the Poll Today!


MFAN Principal and senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development (CGD) Sheila Herrling launched a poll today on the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance blog asking individuals whether they think we will have a much-needed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator by the end of the year given the Senate confirmation process.

Top Nations Rank Poorly in 2009 CDI Index


Today the Center for Global Development released its latest Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 22 of the world’s richest countries based on their dedication to policies that benefit the developing world. The index is unique in that it measures national efforts in seven key policy areas: aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security and technology.

New Country Study Assails USG Aid and Trade Incoherence


In a newly published country study – “Modernizing Foreign Assistance: Insights from Bangladesh” – MFAN partner organization Save the Children highlights how our development policies give with one hand, and take with the other. For example, in 2008, for every $1 in aid the USG provided to Bangladesh, Bangladesh paid $3 in tariffs on goods exported to the U.S.