Foreign Assistance Reform in 2009: A Look Back at Progress

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In 2009, the development community came together and worked with policymakers to drive unprecedented progress toward our shared goals for foreign assistance reform: elevating development as a core, distinct pillar of U.S. foreign policy and making U.S. foreign assistance more effective and accountable.  MFAN has created a graphic timeline highlighting the most significant reform milestones that were reached over the the last year. A few of these milestones include:

  • December 1, 2008 House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) calls foreign assistance reform his top priority for the 111th Congress and launches a process to rewrite the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act (FAA).
  • July 10, 2009 Secretary of State Clinton announces the first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) to guide and coordinate policy development and resource allocation at the State Department and USAID, with findings expected in 2010. “This will help make our diplomacy and development work more agile, responsive, and complimentary. This is what we mean when we talk about smart power.”
  • December 24, 2009 After being nominated by President Obama, Dr. Rajiv Shah, formerly Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is confirmed as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Check out the full foreign assistance reform timeline.

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