WWF US President and CEO Carter Roberts, one of the world’s leading conservationists, has a unique view on foreign assistance reform. Today, he brought his message to Capitol Hill for a bi-cameral hearing on the innovative Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP).
The State Department has released a fact sheet on its Global Food Security Initiative, the structure of which has long been anticipated as a harbinger of how the Administration will make U.S. foreign assistance programs more efficient and effective.
As part of the Center for Global Development’s newly launched blog – Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance – MFAN Principal and CGD Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Herrling highlights a recent letter from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) urging President Obama to name a nominee to the vacant … Continue reading Kerry & Lugar Deliver Message to Obama: Time is of the Essence for a USAID Administrator
The effort to fundamentally upgrade U.S. global development policies and operations is still gearing up. With policy reviews underway at the White House and the State Department, and with legislation percolating in both the House and the Senate, momentum is apparent
MFAN partner organizations – including Oxfam America, ONE, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and Bread for the World – are hard at work advocating for Senate passage of the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524). The bill, which was introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) … Continue reading MFAN Partners Advocate for Legislation to Strengthen USAID
Over at the ONE blog, Oxfam’s Porter McConnell posted an interesting piece titled “Getting poor people access to clean drinking water means reforming U.S. foreign assistance. Really.”
Ahead of a G20 meeting in Pittsburgh, the World Bank released a paper warning that “the global recession is expected to push 89 million more people into extreme poverty by the end of 2010.”
Over the past two weeks, MFAN’s USAID poll has drawn thousands of votes from around the world. More importantly, those voters have made their opinions known about who they voted for and why.
Nearly a week into the poll we launched on who should be the next USAID Administrator, three names have risen to the top (though fans can still vote for their favorite and change the course of this race!).
The response has been positive to news that the White House will be conducting an interagency review of all U.S. global development policy. Momentum is clearly growing for a refocused approach to development and how the U.S. manages its foreign aid.