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New Group Advocating Modernization of American Aid October 21, 2008

Posted by eldelph in Uncategorized.

This is exciting – the prospect of USAID, PEPFAR, MCC and others actually becoming organizations that approach aid with none of that all-too-well-known American swagger and disregard for effectiveness?  The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) proposes just that.  MFAN is a network of progressive organizations that are putting forth a new model of American development assistance.

Check out this excerpt from their proposal:

Global development assistance alleviates extreme poverty, creates opportunities for growth and secures human dignity in developing countries, and it is one of the best long-term investments in global stability we can make. That is why leaders from across the political spectrum have called it one of the most important tools for achieving success in U.S. foreign policy.

If we want these global investments to be cost-effective and sustainable in the current economic atmosphere, we must modernize the system for prioritizing and managing U.S. global development efforts. Today, that system is not organized to meet the challenges of the 21st century. MFAN’s practical, bipartisan plan for modernizing U.S. foreign assistance, found below, will enhance and streamline that system so we can work towards a stable, prosperous and peaceful global future.

More can be found at http://www.modernizingforeignassistance.net/index.html. 

Lael Brainard from Brookings is one of the key figures heading up this initiative.  She’ll always be remembered best in my mind for developing this stunning graphic of all the disperse organizations that together form American aid.



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