How Global Health R&D Can Be a Bipartisan Tool for Economic Development & Diplomacy

As a new Congress and the Obama Administration look for high value in government investments as they convene for the State of the Union address Tuesday, they should consider the proven value of investments in biomedical research and development to address the major diseases and health issues facing the world. Today, in a speech at the Center for Global Development, Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), outlined the agency’s plans to modernize aid, including harnessing the potential of science and technology for game-changing innovations that would save lives, reduce costs, and foster growth both in the U.S. and in the developing world.

From Paper to Product: Key Benchmarks for Effectively Implementing the President’s Development Policy

With his speech laying out a new U.S. approach to development at September’s UN Millennium Development Goals Summit, President Obama has outlined a future in which development serves as a core pillar of U.S. foreign policy, delivering greater results for people in poverty around the world and for U.S. taxpayers. The President’s policy provides a long-overdue roadmap for more strategic, effective, accountable U.S. foreign assistance, and puts forward a mechanism for regularly refreshing our development approach through the establishment of a U.S. Global Development Strategy. We look forward to supporting the Obama Administration – in particular the NSC as it looks to coordinate the adherence of all relevant agencies and departments to clear targets and timelines – in the implementation of the new development policy and assisting in its call to be held accountable for fulfilling these groundbreaking commitments. As this process unfolds, MFAN will continue to assess the Administration’s success in achieving broad-based development policy reform based on the following benchmarks.

Chairman Berman Says It’s Time to Finish Foreign Aid Reform

In a new piece in The Washington Times, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) calls for Congress and the Administration to complete and institutionalize their work to make foreign aid programs “more effective, more efficient and more accountable.”

CAP Proposes Way Forward on Aid Reform in the New Congress

In a new report called “U.S. Foreign Aid Reform Meets the New Congress,” MFAN Principal and Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress John Norris explores how foreign assistance reform can succeed in the new-look 112th Congress.

SFRC Chairman Kerry Ready to Enact Reforms in New Development Policy

Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry yesterday released a press release expressing his enthusiasm for President Obama’s new development policy, calling it “a comprehensive development policy based on measurable outcomes, country ownership, sustainable economic growth and multilateralism – a policy that will build capacity in the developing world, not dependence.”

Rep. Berman Reiterates Commitment to Foreign Assistance Reform

In remarks today at the first event of the 2010-11 program year for the Society for International Development’s (SID) Washington, DC Chapter, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) reaffirmed his plans to introduce a comprehensive foreign aid reform bill that would replace the existing outdated Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.

How GHI can boost foreign assistance reform

This is an opportune time to look at the GHI’s potential to impact U.S. foreign assistance reform and, to that end, the Global Health Council, the International Women’s Health Coalition and PATH are pleased to launch this joint blog series hosted by the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). This blog provides an overview and is the first of a series that will be posted on ModernizeAid. We hope you will join us for this series and contribute to the conversation.