Lew, Shah Outline Obama Administration’s Food Security Plans

In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last week, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Jack Lew and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah provided an update on the status of the Administration’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (GHFSI).

Senators Kerry, Durbin, Cardin Introduce Urban Development Bill

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), yesterday introduced legislation to address the challenges of urbanization in developing countries.

PSAid Contest: “Cash is Best”

The contest, now its fifth year, asks students to submit broadcast or print public service announcements that communicate the importance of appropriate disaster relief, while building support for U.S. agencies and organizations that conduct international disaster relief.

Brookings, CSIS Issue New Report on Foreign Assistance Reform

In a new report by co-authors Noam Unger (Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution and MFAN Principal), Margaret Taylor (Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project), and Frederick Barton (former co-director of the CSIS Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project), policymakers are presented with key recommendations to inform a coherent and effective national approach to both stabilization and broader development.

MFAN Principal Carol Peasley on “The Road Ahead”

USAID must play a much stronger leadership role in these efforts. It can and must provide a common roadmap that keeps us moving toward our destination, bringing the multiple strands together and helping us reach a new foreign assistance framework that places development at the center. Otherwise, I fear we will lose sight of our ultimate goal: to alleviate extreme poverty, create opportunities for growth, and advance human rights in developing countries.

Join a Global Conversation

On Monday, March 29th the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with other government agencies, will launch Global Pulse 2010 — a new online initiative that will connect people from around the world to discuss important issues and challenges relating to development, security, and global prosperity.

QDDR Blog Series: MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann on Poverty

The third installment in MFAN’s QDDR blog series comes from our Co-Chair, Rev. David Beckmann, who serves as president of the leading anti-poverty advocacy organization Bread for the World. In his piece, Rev. Beckmann discusses how the QDDR can lead to a more effective, accountable foreign assistance system that gets better results in the fight against global poverty.

USAID Announces New Personnel

See today’s press release from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on new positions at the agency

What do you think about USAID’s role in the QDDR?

Today, Alyssa Rosenberg at GovernmentExecutive.com posed two questions about the heightened media attention around the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in relation to the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), set to release mid-term findings by the end of the month.