MFAN applauds the nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah to be Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We are hopeful that his unique combination of knowledge about global health, agriculture, and other issues will allow him to provide a strong and indispensable development voice as major decisions are made about U.S. foreign policy. Congress should confirm Dr. Shah quickly.
Upcoming events in the world of MFAN and beyond.
On Friday, President Obama nominated Daniel W. Yohannes as CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Yohannes’ strong financial services background will ensure good returns in investments made through the MCC and his wealth of leadership experience makes him a strong and able candidate.
Nearly a week into the poll we launched on who should be the next USAID Administrator, three names have risen to the top (though fans can still vote for their favorite and change the course of this race!).
MFAN strongly commends President Obama for signing a landmark Presidential Study Directive on Global Development Policy. The directive establishes clear White House leadership on modernizing our country’s approach to global development, adding to the tremendous momentum generated by actions taken by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the State Department.
Based on input from experts across the development community, MFAN has created a poll with a simple question: Who should be the next USAID Administrator? Please take a moment to vote on your choice for who should be the leading voice on elevating and modernizing U.S. efforts to alleviate poverty and hunger, fight disease, and … Continue reading We Need a USAID Administrator Now! Who Should it Be?
Mark Green Calls for Republican Support for Foreign Assistance Reform in The Washington Times
In an op-ed today in The Washington Times, former Republican representative from Wisconsin and Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green urges his conservative allies to put partisan politics aside and embrace the foreign aid reform that has been recently introduced in both the House and the Senate.
MFAN Principals Discuss Reform Issues in Washington Post, USA Today Articles
Two leaders in MFAN’s growing coalition, Ritu Sharma of Women Thrive Worldwide and Reuben Brigety of the Center for American Progress, were quoted by high-level media outlets on development issues in recent days.
A new piece by Joshua Keating and Michael Wilkerson at Foreign Policy rated foreign assistance reform as one of the top five priorities for the Obama Administration and Congress. A quote by MFAN’s Co-Chair David Beckmann appears in the article.
Last week, Sheila Herrling at the Center for Global Development vented frustration over the failure to name a USAID administrator by comparing the circus-like process to a popular nursery rhyme. As she notes, what was once funny about the unfilled position is now disconcerting given the Adminstration’s supposed commitment to development. See the blog post below, followed with over a dozen comments suggesting nominees for USAID Administrator.