MSH Participates in Panel at Harvard: Seizing Opportunities to Enhance US Aid Effectiveness

Wednesday, April 21
4.00 pm – 5.30 pm
Weil Town Hall (Belfer Building L-1), Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

Seizing Opportunities to Enhance US Aid Effectiveness:
The State of Play and Ways Forward

Moderated by:
Professor Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics,
Harvard Kennedy School

Steve Feldstein, Professional Staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, US Congress (TBC)
Karen Hanrahan,
COO, Quadrennial Diplomacy & Development Review, US State Department
Paul O’Brien,
Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Oxfam America
Jonathan Quick,
President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health

This policy panel considered three important policy processes now underway—the Quadrennial Diplomacy & Development Review (QDDR) being advanced by the State Department, the Presidential Study Directive (PSD) being carried out by the National Security Council to review US global development policy, and efforts to rewrite the US Foreign Assistance Act within the US Congress.

The panel brought together NGO perspectives, drawn from decades of working in poor communities worldwide, together with US government policy perspectives. How does the QDDR weigh diplomacy and development as US foreign policy priorities? How should the US government’s development capacity be strengthened – and how should it relate to diplomacy and defense imperatives? What major principles should guide US foreign assistance reform in order to dramatically enhance aid effectiveness? What are the political prospects of such aid reform legislation being passed? How will the PSD relate to the QDDR and aid reform? These are some of the questions that will be considered in the panel discussion and the Q & A to follow.

The event was organized by the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain of Practice at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Contact Sherine Jayawickrama for more information.

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