The effort to fundamentally upgrade U.S. global development policies and operations is still gearing up. With policy reviews underway at the White House and the State Department, and with legislation percolating in both the House and the Senate, momentum is apparent
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.
Last night, President Obama spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. During his address, he reiterated the Administration’s commitment to development as a core pillar of U.S. foreign policy.
Aid, used in smart ways, can save lives and help people get themselves out of poverty. The best hope for poor people lies in their own capacity to demand accountability and performance from their governments and invest in their own efforts to escape poverty. That is why Oxfam – an MFAN partner organization – is calling for specific reforms that make U.S. foreign aid support the efforts of governments and people to lead their own development.
During his opening statement at today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan, Senator Dick Lugar noted that the lack of a USAID Administrator is a major problem given the importance of development to U.S. objectives.
MFAN partner organizations – including Oxfam America, ONE, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and Bread for the World – are hard at work advocating for Senate passage of the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524). The bill, which was introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) … Continue reading MFAN Partners Advocate for Legislation to Strengthen USAID
Over at the ONE blog, Oxfam’s Porter McConnell posted an interesting piece titled “Getting poor people access to clean drinking water means reforming U.S. foreign assistance. Really.”
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
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.
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