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Annual Spring Peacebuilding Policy Days and Conference

Monday, April 5th, 2010
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The Alliance for Peacebuilding and 3D Security Initiative will hold their annual spring 2010 “Peacebuilding Policy Days” on April 14-15, 2010 on Capitol Hill. Last year, with the help of NGO’s, professionals, former and retired U.S. policymakers, students and faculty from around the country, they met with more than 30 Members of Congress and their staff to educate and inform them on the effectiveness of incorporating peacebuilding strategies in U.S. foreign policy.

This year, as key Members of Congress begin the arduous task of re-writing the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act, we want to have an impact and your engagement is needed.

For more information on the agenda, or to register for this year’s event, click here. MFAN Co-Chair George Ingram will be participating on one of the panels. If you have the opportunity to participate, please share your feedback on the MFAN blog!

Sec. Clinton’s Remarks at Haiti Donors’ Conference

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
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Today in New York, a host of foreign governments gathered at the United Nations headquarters to discuss plans to fund reconstruction and long-term development for Haiti.  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks to an audience that included Haitian President René Préval, citing the need to continue supporting relief and reconstruction efforts beyond humanitarian grounds, saying “If the effort to rebuild is slow or insufficient, if it is marked by conflict, lack of coordination, or lack of transparency, then the challenges that have plagued Haiti for years could erupt with regional and global consequences.”  She also noted critical reforms that had begun to turn the country around – including 3% growth of Haiti’s economy – just before the earthquake struck on January 12th.  See the following excerpts from her speech that use foreign assistance reform principles like country ownership, coordination, better monitoring and evaluation, and transparency to talk about building a better Haiti:

“The leaders of Haiti must take responsibility for their country’s reconstruction. They must make the tough decisions that guide a strong, accountable, and transparent recovery. And that is what they are starting to do with the creation of a new mechanism that provides coordination and consultation so aid can be directed where it is most needed.”

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QDDR Blog Series: MFAN Principal Michael Klosson & Kathleen Campbell on Haiti

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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The eighth installment in MFAN’s QDDR blog series comes from MFAN Principal Michael Klosson, associate vice president and chief policy officer, and Kathleen Campbell, associate director of the Aid Effectiveness Project, both of Save the Children.  To see other posts in the series, click on the following names - George IngramNoam Unger, David BeckmannRitu Sharma & Nora O’ConnellRay OffenheiserJennifer Potter, Liz Schrayer & John Glenn.

Save the Children Logo “The Road to Recovery and Reform”

By Michael Klosson & Kathleen Campbell

As we anticipate the release of interim findings of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), it is hard not to think about Haiti.   The unprecedented scale of the horror wrought by the earthquake immediately made Haiti a top U.S. foreign affairs issue, both for the President and for the American public, which engaged through a massive groundswell of private giving.  The President understood that the problem, at its heart, was a humanitarian and development issue, requiring a humanitarian and development lead and solution – with unflagging support from our nation’s highest level diplomats, soldiers, trade negotiators, and treasury officials.

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QDDR Blog Series: MFAN Principal Liz Schrayer & John Glenn on Smart Resources

Monday, March 29th, 2010
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The seventh installment in MFAN’s QDDR blog series comes from MFAN Principal Liz Schrayer, executive director, and John Glenn, policy director, both of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC).  To see other posts in the series, click on the following names - George IngramNoam Unger, David BeckmannRitu Sharma & Nora O’Connell, Ray Offenheiser, Jennifer Potter.

USGLC “Smart Power Requires Better Resources”

By Liz Schrayer & John Glenn

Last year, in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s “Report on Reports:  Putting Smart Power to Work,” we highlighted several key expert consensus points for the incoming Administration, including – first and foremost – the need to formulate a comprehensive global development strategy.  Since then, both the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and Presidential Study Directive on Global Development (PSD-7) have set out to tackle many of these points:  elevating and streamlining U.S. foreign assistance structures, integrating civilian and military instruments to deal with weak and fragile states, and considering the appropriate balance of authorities and resources between the State and Defense Departments.

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Assistant Secretary Carson uses Reform Language to Outline Policy

Friday, March 26th, 2010
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Yesterday Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health to discuss U.S. government policy for sub-Saharan Africa.  He emphasized the priority of the continent to the administration – as evident by President Obama’s trip to Ghana in July 2009 and Secretary Clinton’s 11-day, seven-country tour, among others – and the commitment to view Africa as a partner to the U.S. and the international community. His testimony outlined eight guiding principles for U.S. policy to Africa:

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