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 Principals Discuss Reform Issues in Washington Post, USA Today Articles
Two leaders in MFAN’s growing coalition, Ritu Sharma of Women Thrive Worldwide and Reuben Brigety of the Center for American Progress, were quoted by high-level media outlets on development issues in recent days.
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?
A new piece by Joshua Keating and Michael Wilkerson at Foreign Policy rated foreign assistance reform as one of the top five priorities for the Obama Administration and Congress. A quote by MFAN’s Co-Chair David Beckmann appears in the article.
July 28, 2009 (WASHINGTON): MFAN commends Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), and Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jim Risch (R-ID) for introducing the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524).
July 22, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on foreign aid reform during which bipartisan members of the committee, including Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Richard Lugar (R-IN), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) expressed support for revitalizing USAID and making U.S. assistance more effective. MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann was a featured panelist at the hearing.
July 22, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – In his opening statement, MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann urges SFRC Chairman Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Minority Member Lugar (R-IN) to push forward with efforts to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective at alleviating poverty and hunger, fighting disease, and creating opportunity in developing countries.