USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testified earlier this week before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations on the FY2011 Budget request for USAID.
After a nearly 12 month delay, the Senate has confirmed former MFAN Principal Lael Brainard as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. One of Brainard’s most important contributions to the movement for foreign assistance reform was her creation of a chart cataloging the uncoordinated programs and overlapping authorities that are rife in the U.S. foreign assistance system.
Last Thursday, the United Nations Millennium Campaign wrapped up a busy week of events in Washington, D.C. by hosting a strategy session with members of the international development community.
The QDDR is a major opportunity for the U.S. Government to address the availability of comprehensive, timely, and comparable aid information and increase aid transparency for both U.S. citizens and the people benefiting from U.S. foreign assistance.
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.
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.
According to a chart published at TheAtlantic.com, one of the biggest misconceptions Americans have about the federal budget is the level of spending on foreign assistance.
In a piece published in The Daily Caller, former Representative Mark Green (R-WI), who also served as Ambassador to Tanzania from 2007-2009, calls on Congress to maintain support for a strong International Affairs Budget and follow through on foreign assistance reform.
As officials at the State Department and USAID continue to wrangle over what to do with America’s top development agency, lawmakers are pushing their own ideas for reform. Soon, the State Department could have its first authorization bill since 2002, a policy blueprint that could include significant input from Capitol Hill.
Yesterday, Secretary of State Clinton issued a strong endorsement of the idea that rebuilding and development in Haiti will work best if Haitians take the lead.