Report launch and panel discussion in Washington, DC with developing country leaders, policymakers, and experts on how recent US development reforms are affecting poverty-fighting efforts on the ground on April 11th, 2013.
Recently the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released an internal evaluation touting progress in implementing the USAID Forward reform agenda. Now, Oxfam America has findings from an independent, on-the-ground study that illustrates that local development leaders are noticing--and valuing the change. 83% of those surveyed and interviewed in the study (123 of 148) said they see that the US government is a better donor compared to four to five years ago. Still, these leaders want the US to accelerate and deepen these reforms.
During this event, Oxfam shared summary findings from the report, A Quiet Renaissance: How reforms are making America a better partner in the fight against poverty. Speakers offered their own insights on these changes and discuss what can be done to protect these critical reforms in a challenging environment.
Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development
Martha Kwataine, Executive Director, Malawi Health Equity Network
Neil Cole, Executive Secretary, Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative
Paul O’Brien, Vice President of Policy & Campaigns, Oxfam America
Note: Oxfam America does not take US federal funds, but we do support effective development programs.