Foreign Aid Reform a Top Priority, Says Foreign Policy

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.

Center for Global Development Considers New USAID Administrator Nominees

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.

Noteworthy News — 8.14.09

What we’re reading this week: Calls to restore USAID and name an Administrator…the dawn of ”Africa’s Century” …Foreign assistance to Pakistan… Local voices for foreign aid reform

Farmer Out. Who’s Next for USAID?

Farmer Out. Who’s Next for USAID?
On Monday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof used a blog posting to lament that the Obama Administration’s vetting process led global health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer to drop out of the running to be nominated as Administrator for United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Who do you think should be the next nominee for USAID Administrator?

Welcome to MFAN’s ModernizeAid Blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of MFAN’s ModernizeAid blog – a place for lively discussion on elevating global development, modernizing foreign assistance reform, and strengthening U.S. efforts to alleviate poverty, promote economic growth, fight disease, and create opportunity in developing nations.

SFRC Bill Seeks to Strengthen USAID, Adds to Aid Reform Momentum

July 28, 2009 (WASHINGTON): MFAN commends Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), and Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jim Risch (R-ID) for introducing the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524).

Senate Hearing Highlights Bipartisan Support for Modernizing Foreign Aid

July 22, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on foreign aid reform during which bipartisan members of the committee, including Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Richard Lugar (R-IN), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) expressed support for revitalizing USAID and making U.S. assistance more effective. MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann was a featured panelist at the hearing.

Testimony of Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World Before SFRC Hearing

July 22, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – In his opening statement, MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann urges SFRC Chairman Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Minority Member Lugar (R-IN) to push forward with efforts to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective at alleviating poverty and hunger, fighting disease, and creating opportunity in developing countries.

Secretary Clinton Hits the Right Notes on Development

July 16, 2009 (Washington): We commend Secretary of State Clinton for her important address today at the Council on Foreign Relations, and we are particularly supportive of her inclusion of “elevate and integrate development as a core pillar of American power” and “integrate civilian and military action in conflict areas” in her list of the five foreign policy priorities of the Obama Administration. Even more important than the Secretary’s development rhetoric were her pledges of action on modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance system.