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.
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.
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.
See today’s press release from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on new positions at the agency
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.
In four separate hearings – on back-to-back days – before House and Senate authorizers and appropriators, Clinton discussed the budget request for U.S. foreign affairs spending and explicitly linked it to our national security and national interests.
As part of an ongoing dialogue with developing world voices, Kenya’s Ambassador to the U.S., Peter N.R.O. Ogego, recently spoke with MFAN on his experiences working with bilateral and multilateral donors and how to reform foreign assistance and aid programs to have a greater impact at fighting poverty and disease, promoting economic growth and innovation, and creating sustainable, accountable societies and governments.
Treasury announced that the U.S. intends to seek a commitment with other donors for the relief of Haiti’s debt to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Development Association (IDA) in a manner that provides direct and immediate grant support to Haiti.
Since almost the moment that a devastating earthquake struck Haiti nearly three weeks ago, high-level world leaders, development experts (including MFAN Principals), and others have published pieces with opinions on what went wrong with development in Haiti and what we can do to make things right.
As the effort to provide aid to Haiti continues, questions have emerged about whether the massive humanitarian response is being handled properly from a organizational perspective.