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 Ingram, Noam Unger, David Beckmann, Ritu Sharma & Nora O’Connell, Ray Offenheiser, Jennifer Potter.
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.