The fourth installment in MFAN’s QDDR blog series comes from MFAN Principal Ritu Sharma, president and co-founder, and MFAN member Nora O’Connell, vice president — both of the leading women and gender advocacy organization Women Thrive Worldwide. To see other posts in the series, click on the following names - George Ingram, Noam Unger, David Beckmann.
By Ritu Sharma & Nora O’Connell
Each year, the U.S. spends billions on global development – and that money does a lot of good supporting programs that provide vaccines, help kids go to school, and help mothers feed their families.
The problem is that while these programs may look good on their own, when you put them all together, the system is outdated, fragmented, and uncoordinated. Think of it like a computer you bought back in 2000 and are still trying to use today. You can get new add-ons – a new mouse, a faster modem, or a web cam – but the components don’t really work that well together and it’s a lot less efficient than you need it to be.