Obama’s UN General Assembly Address Hits Important Development Notes


At the UN General Assembly this morning, President Obama again put development at the center of his foreign policy vision, laying out an agenda for how nations can cooperate to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, including poverty and disease, nuclear proliferation, climate change, the economic crisis, and conflict.

MFAN Principal Ray Offenheiser Comments on Lack of USAID Administrator in Washington Post


MFAN Principal Ray Offenheiser Comments on Lack of USAID Administrator in Washington Post
Today for his “In the Loop” column, Al Kamen vents about the lack of a USAID Administrator by throwing out eccentric suggestions like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) , former deputy Secretary of Defense and head of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz, and even Bono. Outlandish nominations aside, Kamen makes a great point. The proclaimed vetting process and failure of the Obama Administration to nominate a leader for USAID is just as ridiculous.

Noteworthy News – 9.15.09


This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community. What we’re reading this week:  Afghanistan, Afghanistan, Afghanistan. And the fall congressional outlook on foreign assistance. Afghanistan: Going long or going home (ForeignPolicy.com-Ian Bremmer, September 10) – Within the Obama foreign-policy team, there looks to be … Continue reading Noteworthy News – 9.15.09

White House Joins the Party on Development Policy


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.

MFAN: New Presidential Study Directive an Unprecedented Step Forward on Development


MFAN strongly commends President Obama for signing a landmark Presidential Study Directive on Global Development Policy. The directive establishes clear White House leadership on modernizing our country’s approach to global development, adding to the tremendous momentum generated by actions taken by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the State Department.

MFAN PRINCIPAL: Momentum Will Feed Hill’s Shot at Fundamental Reform


MFAN PRINCIPAL: Momentum Will Feed Hill’s Shot at Fundamental Reform
The administration continues to signal interest in reforming U.S. global development policies and operations, as evinced by President Obama’s statements last month about the need to make our development policy more coherent and our aid more effective, as well as Secretary of State Clinton’s constant drumbeat about strengthening development capabilities. Aside from growing concerns about why an administration so committed to development has not nominated its development leaders, Americans and our friends around the world should be asking: Will reforms reach the level of fundamental change that is needed?

Noteworthy News — 8.14.09


What we’re reading this week: Calls to restore USAID and name an Administrator…the dawn of ”Africa’s Century” …Foreign assistance to Pakistan… Local voices for foreign aid reform