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QDDR Blog Series Wrap-up

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With the release of initial findings from the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) on the horizon, MFAN put forward a variety of perspectives from across the coalition on how the QDDR can complement legislation and promote transparency, civil society engagement, gender, and ownership to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective and accountable.  The QDDR will provide a strategic blueprint for U.S. development and diplomacy efforts – the first of its kind.  This unique review, the idea for which came from a Secretary of State fully committed to development issues, will undoubtedly have an effect on other key actions including the Presidential Study Directive on Global Development Policy and bipartisan reform efforts in the House and the Senate.  Because of the impact the QDDR will have on reform, it remains critical for the MFAN community, and the broader network of concerned citizens, to stay engaged and continue to “ask the hard questions.”  Below is a recap of each of the blogs from the QDDR series:

George Ingram: “Whether we are talking about integration, authority, or any of the other technical issues related to foreign assistance reform, perhaps the most basic – and critical – question is this: What do America’s development professionals and institutions need to deliver better results for the struggling people we are trying to help as well as for U.S. taxpayers?”

Noam Unger: “A National Strategy for Global Development could serve as a substantive expansion on the National Security Strategy, while providing departments with coherent and cross-cutting guidance for their more detailed efforts – like the QDDR – to effectively align their resources and capabilities.”

David Beckmann: “Development assistance will need to be coordinated with other foreign policy purposes.  But unless we have a strong development agency that can think clearly, in a focused way, about what’s good for poor people, our assistance is unlikely to be effective in reducing poverty.”

Ritu Sharma & Nora O’Connell: “Secretary of State Clinton has made investing in women a centerpiece of her foreign policy efforts at the State Department.  To do this will require integrating gender across all U.S. foreign assistance, and the QDDR provides an opportunity to do just that.

Ray Offenheiser: “At minimum, the PSD and the QDDR should require that the U.S. publish comprehensive, accessible, comparable, and timely information that is useful to recipient governments, civil society, and U.S. taxpayers.”

Jennifer Potter: “U.S. business has a core interest in the economic health of the rest of the world. Increasingly, this includes the economic development of people in poor countries, and one of the best ways to boost growth and expand opportunity around the world is to improve the impact of U.S. foreign assistance.”

Liz Schrayer & John Glenn: “Both the QDDR and PSD-7 present a great opportunity to help lawmakers who review the President’s request each year better understand how and why our vital resources are committed to meeting the pressing global challenges we face.”

Michael Klosson & Kathleen Campbell: “The U.S. has woefully underinvested in each in comparison to the third “D,” defense, but we will be looking in particular at what the QDDR does to ensure development and USAID have a strong and distinct voice and enough stature to lead a whole of government response, such as we have seen in Haiti.”

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