MFAN Principal J. Brian Atwood Elected Chair of OECD’s Development Assistance Committee

November 1, 2010 (WASHINGTON)This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram:

We offer heartfelt congratulations to our fellow MFAN Principal and friend J. Brian Atwood for his unanimous election as Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

As the highest international body coordinating development policy across governments and civil society, the DAC will benefit greatly from the development expertise Brian gained as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Under Secretary of State for Management, President of the National Democratic Institute and Citizens International, and Dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  Brian’s cross-sectoral leadership experience is exactly what is needed to bring public and private entities together to deliver better results for people mired in poverty, hunger, and disease.

The foreign assistance reform community is particularly pleased that Brian will bring his deep commitment to aid effectiveness to his new position.  He has been a leading advocate for more strategic, effective foreign assistance for decades.  His leadership as a founding principal of MFAN helped shape the network’s reform agenda, and his voice has helped drive that agenda forward, culminating in President Obama’s landmark new development policy that included several of MFAN’s priorities.

We thank Brian for his deep commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable people realize a better future and for his leadership with MFAN.  We look forward to working with him in his new position.

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