The following are highlights from USAID’s participation in events in New York last week. USAID had a strong presence in the city, particularly USAID Administrator, Rajiv Shah. On the morning of September 21st, Raj Shah, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, and Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS … Continue reading A Review of USAID’s Major New York Events from Last Week:
Connie Veillette, new director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Initiative at the Center for Global Development (CGD), analyzes the commitment to rebuild USAID into “the world’s premier development agency” in light of the new Global Development Policy for CGD’s blog. She argues that any government agency is only as strong as three conditions, identified … Continue reading MFAN Partner: “What Does the PPD Mean for USAID?”
Today, POLITICO published an op-ed by MFAN Principal and Senior Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund Jim Kolbe in which he argues for definitive action on development and foreign assistance reform. Kolbe cites the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit, currently underway, as the perfect opportunity to take concrete steps toward restoring U.S. leadership in … Continue reading MFAN Principal on a “Huge Missed Opportunity”
Last week, OMB Watch delivered a letter to President Obama calling for the U.S. government to publicly commit to greater transparency in U.S. foreign aid at this week’s UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
On Wednesday, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah visited Pakistan to witness the damage caused by severe flooding. On USAID’s Impact Blog, Shah described his view from the helicopter: “As far as the eye could see, foundations and buttresses supported nonexistent houses and bridges, power lines lay hopelessly tangled on the ground, and roads destroyed and washed … Continue reading Shah Visits Floods in Pakistan
On August 13th, nearly 500 people gathered at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, WA to hear USAID Administrator Shah discuss the role of technology and innovation in development with a panel of leaders from the local development community. In Administrator Shah’s opening remarks he emphasized USAID’s commitment to evidence-based development strategies and the need for … Continue reading USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Speaks at a Global Washington Event
“If we can continue to show things are really effective, generate results with the dollars and take efficiency very, very seriously, I believe Americans want to do more.”
“USAID cannot be the premier development agency everyone envisions without appointed and confirmed leaders at the helm of its regional and functional bureaus. Nor can it elevate development across the U.S. government — as Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and even Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have called for — without a full cadre of assistant administrators to inform major development policy reviews taking place right now and congressional efforts to rewrite foreign assistance
18 months in, the Obama administration is starting to deliver on its commitment to transparency within U.S. foreign assistance programs and policy. On July 30, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah unveiled the new U.S. strategy for meeting the Millennium Development Goals “Celebrate, Innovate, and Sustain: Toward 2015 and Beyond”. We applaud the announcement, which includes launching an ‘aid transparency initiative,’ and look forward to seeing concrete timelines, detailed plans and robust policy that will ensure the potential of this initiative is brought to life.
Tomorrow’s MFAN and Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) co-hosted briefing was featured on USAID’s IMPACTblog weekly event calendar. See all of the USAID-related events this week below: Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management Drew Luten will testify before the Commission on Wartime Contracting on Subcontracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Administrator Shah and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke will appear before … Continue reading IMPACT blog: This Week at USAID – July 26, 2010