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MFAN Partners React to New Presidential Development Policy

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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Below are excerpts from our Partners’ statements in reaction to President Obama’s announcement yesterday of the first-ever Global Development Policy.  Stay tuned for more!

bread“President Obama’s new development policy is a well-thought-out directive that will help make foreign aid more effective and provide assistance to people who desperately need it,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “This is a victory for Bread for the World members who have been working hard to reform U.S. foreign aid.”IGDlogo_rgb_300x120

Initiative for Global Development (IGD) strongly supports reform of U.S. foreign assistance to increase development and opportunity around the globe. We join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) in celebrating the creation of America’s first development policy.”

InteractionSamuel A. Worthington, President & CEO of InterAction said, We applaud the Obama administration for creating the first-ever global development policy. As Americans, we agree that global development is a moral, economic and political imperative. The millions of Americans who support the work of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations will no doubt join us in embracing this new policy.”ONE

ONE CEO David Lane said, “Fighting global poverty is rooted in America’s tradition of helping the most vulnerable people and astrategic understanding that increasing the stability of poor countries improves our nation’s security.”

OxfamRaymond C. Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America said, “Most important, President Obama issued a clear mandate that country ownership—that is letting governments and citizens in poor countries set their development priorities themselves—is how his administration will pursue the fight against poverty. That fight is more likely to succeed if it is driven by people’s needs on the ground, instead of by what Washington thinks is best.”

Professional Services Council President and CEO Stan Soloway said, “U.S. development firms have highly technical expertise and longPSC_right_Blue_CMYK experience in the successful implementation of aid projects. Private-sector membership on the new U.S. Global Development Council should include development firms as well international businesses and corporate donors to development programs and foundations.”

Save the Children logo“Today, the president delivered a winning formula for global development. The passion and principles he delivered are what’s needed in the final drive to reach the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Ultimately, this means more children’s lives saved, more prospects, more prosperity,” said Charlie MacCormack, President and CEO of Save the Children.

The Nature Conservancy logoThe Nature Conservancy applauds the Administration for elevating the importance of a sustainable global development agenda and committing to strategically address the crucial challenges of Global Health, Food Security and Climate Change.  Sustainable development requires that we secure and maintain nature’s systems and resources for meeting basic human needs and generating lasting prosperity.”

USGLCU.S. Global Leadership Coalition Executive Director Liz Schrayer said, “This new policy is spot on with its focus on strengthening USAID and giving the agency a voice at the NSC, committing to a Global Development Strategy, fostering sustainable outcomes and greater accountability, and calling for coordination among U.S. agencies. The global challenges we face are very different from those in the past, and this policy is a vehicle to provide a fresh look at how we deliver development assistance and build upon efforts begun under the previous Administration.

Women Thrive Worldwide logo“The speech and policy document both also highlight one of the key principles of effective development—investing in women and girls.  Women Thrive Worldwide applauds the fact that apart from the traditional focus on health and education, investments in women and girls are seen as key to economic growth and stability, in addition to a moral and humanistic imperative.”

Noteworthy News- 10.30

Friday, October 30th, 2009
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This weekly posting includes key news stories and opinion pieces related to foreign assistance reform and the larger development community.

What we’re reading:  Development creeps into Afghanistan dialogue; food security ahead of a new study.

  • What we can achieve in Afghanistan (Washington Post-Robert Zoellick, October 30)First, we need to “secure development” — that is, create a strong link between security and development. Each reinforces the other, especially when we focus on communities and on resolving local-level conflict.  Third, locally led projects are the most effective. The National Solidarity Program, which the World Bank helped launch in 2003, empowers more than 22,000 elected, village-level councils to decide on their development priorities — from building a school to irrigation to electrification. So far, the program has reached more than 19 million Afghans in 34 provinces, with grants averaging $33,000. Development owned by the community can survive amid conflict: When an NSP-funded school was attacked in August 2006, the villagers defended it. The community councils also help build cooperation among villages and with the government.
  • More Schools, Not Troops (The New York Times-Nick Kristof, October 29)  Dispatching more troops to Afghanistan would be a monumental bet and probably a bad one, most likely a waste of lives and resources that might simply empower the Taliban. In particular, one of the most compelling arguments against more troops rests on this stunning trade-off: For the cost of a single additional soldier stationed in Afghanistan for one year, we could build roughly 20 schools there.  The aid organization CARE has 295 schools educating 50,000 girls in Afghanistan, and not a single one has been closed or burned by the Taliban.
  • Lew: No surge of civilians in Afghanstan after review (FP Blog-Josh Rogin, October 26)  “The idea of getting our foreign assistance as directly to the people who are going to use it as efficiently as possible is central to the way we’re thinking about foreign assistance and development generally,” Lew said, adding that since many of the contracts were up for renewal at the beginning of October, it gave the impression this transfer was more immediate and widespread than it necessarily was.  Robin Raphel, the former Ambassador now a part of Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke’s staff, is in Pakistan right now leading a case by case review of all of these projects, Lew said.
  • Food, Humanity, Habitat and How We Get to 2050 (The New York Times, October 28)  According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, feeding humanity in 2050 — when the world’s population is expected to be 9.1 billion — will require a 70 percent increase in global food production, partly because of population growth but also because of rising incomes. The question isn’t whether we can feed 9.1 billion people in 2050 — they must be fed — or whether we can find the energy they will surely need. The question is whether we can find a way to make food and energy production sustainable in the broadest possible sense — and whether we can act on the principle that our interest includes that of every other species on the planet.