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.

A Week in Review: America’s First-ever Global Development Policy


This was an incredible week for MFAN, the broader development community, and those struggling for a better life worldwide.  With the world turned toward Turtle Bay for the Millennium Development Goals Summit and the UN General Assembly, as well as thought leaders from all over just across town at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), development … Continue reading A Week in Review: America’s First-ever Global Development Policy

MFAN Member Calls for Action in Obama’s MDG Speech on Development


Below is a guest blog post from MFAN member Porter McConnell, Policy Advisor for Oxfam America’s Aid Effectiveness team, on President Obama’s speech later today at the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit, in which he will outline the new U.S. global development policy: President Obama: Just another speech, or… This week, world leaders are … Continue reading MFAN Member Calls for Action in Obama’s MDG Speech on Development

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.

MFAN Statement: More than 200 Endorsers Agree that Aid Reform is Within Reach


August 5, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram: Forty days after President Obama pledged to issue a new development policy “in the near future” – and with no word yet on when it will be released – MFAN, … Continue reading MFAN Statement: More than 200 Endorsers Agree that Aid Reform is Within Reach

MFAN-GHTC Event Highlights Research and Innovation


“Even the way we change is changing,” Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), told attendees at the July 28 congressional briefing co-hosted by MFAN and the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC). Nearly 90 individuals from congressional offices, US government agencies, and the development and global health communities participated in a discussion about how research and innovation can be leveraged to advance the nation’s foreign assistance goals.

MFAN Member Responds to President Obama’s MDG Plan


A plan to fight the MDGs is a great stepping stone in fighting global poverty, but it’s not the whole story. If the US is committed to fighting global poverty, President Obama needs to deliver a global development strategy at the upcoming MDG Summit.