June 16, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chair George Ingram:
On behalf of my fellow MFAN Principals and the entire network, I offer my most sincere congratulations to our friend and colleague Rev. David Beckmann for winning the 2010 World Food Prize. Throughout his career as President of Bread for the World and, more recently, as MFAN’s Co-Chair, David has been a tireless advocate for millions around the world suffering from extreme poverty and hunger. His strong and compelling voice has also helped drive unprecedented progress on foreign assistance reform, which will directly benefit those poor and hungry worldwide.
After the announcement, David commented on foreign assistance reform in the context of the award:
“Right now, we have exceptional opportunities to win changes in Congress to provide help and opportunity to hungry people in our country and around the world. For example, we have the best chance we have had in decades to reform U.S. foreign aid so that we’ll make the best possible use of tax dollars and get more of our aid to people who really need help. Getting more serious about ending hunger in this country and around the world would be good for our nation and good for our souls.”
I believe David’s prize will help energize the entire reform movement as we push for President Obama to deliver America’s first-ever Global Development Strategy and work with Congress on new foreign assistance legislation that will make our development efforts more effective and accountable than ever before.