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.
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
You have already seen what MFAN has to say about the President’s new global development policy. Click here to read what a variety of our partner organizations think.
In what MFAN and the development community have been working toward, yesterday President Obama announced the new visionary U.S. Global Development Policy – the first of its kind by an Administration. As MFAN’s Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram noted in their statement yesterday, “With his speech laying out a new U.S. approach to development … Continue reading MFAN in the News: President Obama’s MDG Speech
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
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.
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
“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’s Open Letter to the President on the U.S. Commitment to Global Development will be featured in a print ad this Thursday and you don’t want to miss it. Thanks to your hard work and dedicated efforts, we garnered an unprecedented amount of support for reforming U.S. development from businesses, NGOs, think tanks, prominent individuals, … Continue reading 200 + Signatories on MFAN’s Open Letter
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.