A Message from MFAN’s Co-Chairs on the Year Ahead

As 2010 begins, we are pleased to report that the community’s hard work over the last year has created unprecedented momentum towards our shared goals of elevating development as an enduring pillar of U.S. foreign policy and making U.S. foreign assistance more effective and accountable.

Secretary Clinton: “…democracy and development are not three separate goals”

At Georgetown University on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech about human rights, in which she outlined the President’s agenda for a new century. She connected such universal rights to development, noting that hunger, poverty, and education are all freedoms that everyone worldwide should have access to

38,495 signatures and counting…

Since its launch last week, the first-ever development community-wide petition aimed at the White House has energized groups and individuals from Camarillo, California to Branchburg, New Jersey and every city in between. The petition drive underscores the need to maintain America’s commitment to fighting poverty and disease worldwide by lending support to President Obama and the team working on the Presidential Study Directive (PSD) on Global Development Policy. The end goal: a global development strategy based on recommendations from the PSD.

MFAN Member and Oxfam VP Talks Reform on CNN

In the aftermath of President Obama’s announcement of his new Afghanistan strategy and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s confirmation for USAID Administrator nominee Dr. Rajiv Shah, MFAN member and Oxfam VP of Policy and Advocacy Paul O’Brien appeared on CNN’s “Amanpour” to address the importance of U.S. development efforts in Afghanistan and foreign assistance reform more broadly.

Five Questions for USAID Confirmation Hearing

Tomorrow, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Obama Administration’s nominee for Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Here are five questions Senators on the Committee should consider asking the nominee.

Can You Match the Quote to the Senator Behind S.1524?

Test your knowledge of foreign assistance reform! Match the Senator to his quote about the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524), which passed SFRC yesterday on a vote of 14-3. The answers will come soon!

MFAN Statement: Initial Bill Passed by SFRC Adds to Aid Reform Momentum

Today, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Richard Lugar (R-IN), and a bipartisan group of Senators took a concrete step towards making U.S. foreign assistance more effective by passing the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524) out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

MFAN Helps Spread the Word about USAID Administrator Nomination

After ten months of waiting and wondering, yesterday President Obama nominated Dr. Rajiv Shah to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). MFAN welcomed the news with a key message for policymakers and the community: For Dr. Shah to effectively lead critical, ongoing U.S. development efforts – foreign assistance reform, the global food security initiative, and Afghanistan-Pakistan, to name a few – he should be given a seat at the National Security Council from which he can lend a distinct voice for development to ongoing foreign policy discussions, and budget and policy authority should be restored to USAID, as provided for in S.1524, the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009