Agencies report on Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development
Over the past decade, global development and foreign assistance have become major U.S. policy issues. This focus was reflected in 2010 with the Obama administration’s Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, and later with the creation of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network.
The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) advocates for more effective and accountable U.S. foreign assistance that will deliver greater results for both people in need and U.S. taxpayers. MFAN was created as a result of the Obama administration’s 2010 Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Global Development, which called for foreign assistance reform. The purpose of the PPD is to build upon the bipartisan consensus that has emerged over the last decade that the U.S. should play a leadership role in achieving economic growth and reducing poverty and suffering around the world, and that the U.S. can play this role more effectively, efficiently, and transparently.
Several months ago, MFAN issued a challenge to U.S. government agencies involved in global development, asking them to provided public information on how they were working to make the core tenets of the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development a reality. So far, four key agencies – USAID, the U.S. Trade Representative, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Peace Corps – have responded. The agencies’ responses are a strong indicator that the PPD on Global Development has had a positive impact on interagency dialogue and coordination, and that reform is beginning to enhance development assistance effectiveness.
MFAN recently launched a microsite, Policy to Action, dedicated to holding the administration accountable for the commitments made in the PPD. The microsite includes information about MFAN partners and their contributions to interagency cooperation and foreign assistance.
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