World Bank Urges G20 to Stave Off Poverty Crisis


Ahead of a G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, the World Bank released a paper warning that “the global recession is expected to push 89 million more people into extreme poverty by the end of 2010.”

MFAN Principal Ray Offenheiser Comments on Lack of USAID Administrator in Washington Post


MFAN Principal Ray Offenheiser Comments on Lack of USAID Administrator in Washington Post
Today for his “In the Loop” column, Al Kamen vents about the lack of a USAID Administrator by throwing out eccentric suggestions like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) , former deputy Secretary of Defense and head of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz, and even Bono. Outlandish nominations aside, Kamen makes a great point. The proclaimed vetting process and failure of the Obama Administration to nominate a leader for USAID is just as ridiculous.

Noteworthy News – 9.15.09


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community. What we’re reading this week:  Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan. And the fall congressional outlook on foreign assistance. Afghanistan: Going long or going home (ForeignPolicy.com-Ian Bremmer, September 10) – Within the Obama foreign-policy team, there looks to be … Continue reading Noteworthy News – 9.15.09

UPDATE: MFAN USAID Poll Draws Votes from Around the Globe


People from more than 90 countries and 480 cities have visited MFAN’s website since the launch of the USAID poll on August 28. Voices from around the blog are urging the Obama Administration to nominate an experienced and savvy USAID Administrator to lead U.S. development and foreign assistance reform efforts.

White House Joins the Party on Development Policy


The response has been positive to news that the White House will be conducting an interagency review of all U.S. global development policy. Momentum is clearly growing for a refocused approach to development and how the U.S. manages its foreign aid.

Noteworthy News – 8.31.2009


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community. What we’re reading this week: All USAID Administrator, all the time. It’s Time for Foreign Aid Reform (Huffington Post – David Beckmann, August 28) – With leadership from President Obama and coordination between these various … Continue reading Noteworthy News – 8.31.2009

MFAN Principals Offenheiser and Atwood Featured on NPR


Two MFAN Principals, Oxfam American President Ray Offenheiser and former USAID Administrator Brian Atwood, were featured on NPR’s All Things Considered in a story entitled “Experts Concerned by Leaderless USAID.” The piece, by diplomatic reporter Michele Kelemen, touched on the need for a