A Message from MFAN’s Co-Chairs on the Year Ahead


As 2010 begins, we are pleased to report that the community’s hard work over the last year has created unprecedented momentum towards our shared goals of elevating development as an enduring pillar of U.S. foreign policy and making U.S. foreign assistance more effective and accountable.

Former Majority Leader Frist: Confirm Raj Shah, finish foreign assistance reform


Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) published an op-ed today in Roll Call calling for the immediate confirmation of Dr. Rajiv Shah as Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In the piece, he also calls for foreign assistance reform efforts by the Obama Administration and Congress to move forward toward a successful conclusion. The piece comes as Dr. Shah was rumored to have been meeting with Republican Senator Tom Coburn

MFAN Partners: Afghani Anti-Poverty Advocate Says “Sign the White House Petition Today!”


When Americans think about Afghanistan, you think about more American troops and security,” she said. “But there is a lot more at stake in my country besides security: the lives of millions of children, women and men who need education, employment and good health. U.S. foreign aid has been investing in this, but it can do so much more if it is reformed so that assistance is smarter, more strategic and better coordinated. We need this in Afghanistan and around the world. Let your leaders know that you think that development is an important part of U.S. foreign policy. Please sign the petition today.”

MFAN Principal argues it’s “time to make foreign assistance work”


Yesterday in the Huffington Post, MFAN Principal and Women Thrive Worldwide co-founder and President Ritu Sharma noted the significant strides made in foreign assistance reform since President Obama took office in January 2009. These measures, she said, have laid the groundwork to make U.S. foreign assistance more efficient and effective, but more reform needs to happen before it can begin to have a real impact on the ground and improve the livelihoods of men and women worldwide.

Noteworthy News – 12.11


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community.

Noteworthy News — 12.3


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community.

MFAN Statement: Initial Bill Passed by SFRC Adds to Aid Reform Momentum


Today, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Richard Lugar (R-IN), and a bipartisan group of Senators took a concrete step towards making U.S. foreign assistance more effective by passing the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524) out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

MFAN Helps Spread the Word about USAID Administrator Nomination


After ten months of waiting and wondering, yesterday President Obama nominated Dr. Rajiv Shah to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). MFAN welcomed the news with a key message for policymakers and the community: For Dr. Shah to effectively lead critical, ongoing U.S. development efforts – foreign assistance reform, the global food security initiative, and Afghanistan-Pakistan, to name a few – he should be given a seat at the National Security Council from which he can lend a distinct voice for development to ongoing foreign policy discussions, and budget and policy authority should be restored to USAID, as provided for in S.1524, the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009