Harnessing Aid and Trade in a Time of Fiscal Austerity

Today’s post is the fifth and final post in a Feed the Future/Reform blog series that MFAN has been coordinating with key members of the community. Click here to read what leaders from the German Marshall Fund of the United States have to say about Feed the Future as it relates to aid and trade.

Smallholder Farmers Feeding the Future: Opportunities and Challenges

Today’s post is the fourth in a Feed the Future/Reform blog series that MFAN has been coordinating with key members of the community. Click here to read the latest piece by Rachel Voss, Communications and Research Associate at the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Voss discusses the potential of smallholder farmers and demonstrates how the Feed the Future initiative “aims to increase food security, improve nutrition, and boost incomes of smallholder farmers by bolstering infrastructure and market access, promoting innovative partnerships, and enabling farmers to produce beyond the subsistence level,” all key elements of reform.

Feed the Future: A Promising New Model of Development

MFAN is thrilled to kick off a blog series on the reform aspects of Feed the Future. The first post in the series is from Mannik Sakayan, Senior Policy Analyst at Bread for the World. Be sure to check back in the coming weeks as we feature posts from World Food Program USA, ActionAid, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, and the German Marshall Fund.

USAID IMPACT Blog: Forming a Strong Partnership with Brazil

For the United States, the more donors with whom we can collaborate to address the some of the world’s most intractable problems, the more we advance our national interests and provide paths out of poverty. In Brazil, we have a partner who shares our commitment to advancing global development; and who has come up with effective and innovative approaches to tackling some of the very same challenges facing developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa.

MFAN Co-Chairs on the Facts on Foreign Aid

Though a sliver of our overall budget, U.S. foreign assistance delivers a real return-on-investment. The Obama administration and Congress need to support these programs and work together to make them more effective and accountable. And the American public deserves an honest debate about the importance of our foreign assistance.

MFAN Partners Sign Letter Urging Congress to Support Global Health Budget

What do doctors, Republicans, and nonprofits that fight poverty and global disease all have in common? They all support the global health reforms happening right now. As Congress heads into budget deliberations, these folks are urging Congress to support the budget for global health. Check out this letter running in Politico this week.

MFAN Principals Comment on Cuts to Foreign Aid

“If that 1 percent was gone, the only face America would be putting to the world is one of helmets and boots on the ground,” said Sam Worthington, who heads InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based relief groups that includes CARE and the International Rescue Committee. “It would deeply impact our image in the world and our ability to relate to other peoples.”

Bread for the World’s 2011 Offering of Letters

MFAN Partner Bread for the World has just launched their 2011 Offering of Letters to urge Congress to reform U.S. foreign assistance so it is more effective and benefits hungry and poor people globally. Click here to watch a short video that explains Bread’s work and why foreign assistance reform is so important to poor and hungry people worldwide.

Opportunity in Haiti, One Year On

One year ago this week, a devastating earthquake leveled Haiti taking with it the lives of nearly 300,000 and leaving a capital city and a nation in ruins. President Obama has said that while “countless lives” have been saved with increased access to basic services, “too much rubble continues to clog the streets, too many people are still living in tents, and for so many Haitians progress has not come fast enough.” On Tuesday, Oxfam America with New Jersey Democrat, Representative Albio Sires, hosted a distinguished group of panelist on Capitol Hill on how the US government is promoting country ownership and building more effective institutions in Haiti 12 months later.