Politico Features Story on the Great Pakistan Aid Debate


“The opportunity for aid in Pakistan is not to fundamentally change the country,” she [Jacqueline Novogratz] said. “It’s an opportunity to build a real sense of trust in ways that we have not done a good job of in the past. If we can show this over time, then things will change.”

New Poll Shows Broad Support Among Americans for MDGs


In new polling released last week by the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization the Better World Campaign (an MFAN partner), an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the United States should be involved in a worldwide effort to address urgent issues related to global poverty as part of the Millennium Development Goals.

Michelle Obama Applauds USAID Employees at Town Hall


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 Statement: Raj Shah Vision Speech at USGLC


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.

MFAN Statement: Shah Speech Touches on Important Elements of Reform


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. Citing the fact that global hunger and extreme poverty have increased in recent years, Administrator Shah issued a call for reform of his Agency and America’s development apparatus overall, in order to drive more tangible results for recipients, implementers, and taxpayers.

Noteworthy News – 4.30


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and broader global development issues.

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).

MFAN Weighs In: Development Policy Debate Heats Up


Last week, the White House’s National Security Council convened its Deputies Committee, a gathering of high-level representatives from all the major agencies in government, to pave the way for the Presidential Study Directive on Global Development Policy (PSD) and the interim findings of the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) to be finalized.