Politico features MFAN Principal and Policy Director of the Foreign Assistance Reform project at Brookings Institution Noam Unger, as evaluates the Obama Administration’s progress on foreign assistance reform.
At yesterday’s speech hosted by the Center for Global Development, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton articulated a positive and transformative vision for the future of U.S. efforts to alleviate poverty, fight disease, create economic opportunity, and promote human rights in developing countries. We strongly support the core of the Secretary’s vision: that development “is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative – as central to advancing American interests and solving global problems as diplomacy or defense.”
As a part of its “Morning Edition”, NPR did a story on the future of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in light of Secretary Clinton’s speech on development given yesterday.
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.
The 2009 winner of the Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award–sponsored by the Center for Global Development and Foreign Policy magazine–is Diego Hidalgo, founder of the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE).
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
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.”
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.
This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community.
MFAN commends the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for unanimously approving Dr. Rajiv Shah’s nomination as Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).