One partner, Oxfam America has developed an Aid Reform program dedicated to bringing the voices and priorities of people living in poverty to the center of policy and practice. Oxfam believes that improving poverty-focused aid, rather than aid for security or strategic purposes, is the only way to make the U.S. a truly effective provider of foreign aid, by saving lives and helping nearly half of the world’s population to overcome poverty.
MFAN Partner Oxfam America co-hosted an auxiliary session yesterday with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) on “Can Country Ownership Work? Field Perspectives on Health Systems Strengthening.”
MFAN Principal Noam Unger, Global Economy and Development Fellow at the Brookings Institution, comments on last week’s release of the Obama Administration’s first National Security Strategy (NSS), and calls for the President to deliver a U.S. Global Development Strategy to expand upon what was laid out in the NSS.
May 27, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram: We applaud the emphasis on global poverty reduction and development in President Obama’s new National Security Strategy (NSS), which states, “Development is a strategic, economic, and moral imperative.” We are … Continue reading MFAN Statement: MFAN Applauds the National Security Strategy, Calls for More Action on the U.S. Approach to Development
The release of the new strategy should also tee up long-awaited announcements about the outcome of the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Global Development Policy (PSD) and the findings of the State-USAID Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). Let’s hope the 2010 National Security Strategy gets the development policy ball rolling.”
“Instead of losing ground on one front in order to gain on another, we should explore creative methods to finance all the work that needs to be done by demanding a stronger commitment from global leaders and the US Congress. More broadly, we must support the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act (S. 1524) introduced in July 2009. The bill promotes global development, good governance, and a reduction of poverty and hunger. Specifically, the passage of S. 1524 will rebuild and strengthen strategic planning and human resources at USAID; address USAID operating expenses; increase accountability and transparency in US foreign assistance; and improve development coordination in the field.”
MFAN Partner CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting poverty worldwide, is holding its National Conference and Celebration today and tomorrow in Washington, DC. The conference is an opportunity for CARE supporters to meet and discuss issues affecting global poverty, as well as a call to action for Congress and the Obama Administration to prioritize these … Continue reading Sec. Clinton Speaks at CARE National Conference
I can sum it up very simply: Development is a strategic and moral imperative for the United States. For too long, we have tried to manage extreme poverty and respond to its attendant consequences around the world: epidemic disease; political instability; the collapse of states; cross-border flows of refugees; and the absence of hope and opportunity that come with humanitarian crises. Our collective challenge is to pro-actively shape the world we want to see in the future by seeking, very deliberately, to accelerate development.
First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama appeared at this week’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) town hall meeting to recognize and give thanks to agency employees and the work they do on behalf of millions around the world.
MFAN congratulates U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah for his visionary speech yesterday to supporters of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. In the speech, Administrator Shah strongly endorsed elevating development as a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy and empowering it as a distinct discipline that requires unique resources and authority.