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!
“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.”
“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.”
Samuel 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 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.”
Raymond 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 long 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.”
“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 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.”
U.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.
“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.”