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April 26, 2010

Hill Jumps into Fight over Foreign Assistance Reform (Politico)

Politico cites CGD on foreign assistance reform.

From the article:

"Among the players who were at the meeting, State Department policy planning chief Anne-Marie Slaughter, who has taken the lead drafting the QDDR; the NSC’s Gayle Smith and NSC/NEC's Michael Froman, taking the lead on the PSD-7, and the Millenium Challenge Corporation’s Sheila Herrling, a recent arrival in the administration from the Center for Global Development and a former principal with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network that advocates for giving development a bigger seat at the table."

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February 12, 2010

Names: Jim Greene joins the Millennium Challenge Corporation (Foreign Policy blog The Cable)

Foreign Policy's The Cable blog cites CGD in reference to former staff member Sheila Herrling's appointment to the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

From the article:

"Greene, who served for 17 years as an advisor to then Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Joseph Biden, will work under Vice President for Policy and International Relations Sheila Herrling, formerly with the Center for Global Development. Greene's long experience on Capitol Hill will be a huge asset to the MCC as its $1.28 billion budget request makes its way through the legislative process."

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November 9, 2009

USAID, Part XIX (Politico)

Politico cites a blog post by Sheila Herrling, director of CGD's Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program about USAID.

From the article:

"First off, Sheila Herrling at the Center for Global Development's Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance blog notes, the drop dead date for the currently acting USAID administrator to remain in the job is November 16th. That's by virtue of the fact, Herrling says, that under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, vacancies can be filled by the "acting" capacity for no more than 300 days in transition years. Which for acting USAID administrator Alonzo Fulghum, is November 16th."


"So we found this hint in Herrling's column about write-ins for Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist Rajiv Shah intriguing. Whiz kid (he's 36), the former Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation director of agriculture development and financial services, and manager of the foundation's $1.5 billion vaccine fund. A trained medical doctor, Shah has some interesting political credentials, having campaigned for Obama, served as the former health care policy advisor to Al Gore's presidential campaign, and as a member of Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell's health transition committee. He seems to know his way around the offices of key Senate Foreign Relations Committee members such as Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Robert Casey (D-PA) in particular on the issues of agriculture, food security and food aid. He was confirmed in April just a month after being announced without a hitch, and has been involved in numerous philanthropic efforts to combat poverty in India and around the world, and worked at the World Health Organization."

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September 16, 2009

Bono? Jesse Ventura? Mark Sanford? Why Not the Best? (Washington Post)

The Washington Post cites CGD president Nancy Birdsall's lead in an independant poll for who should be the next administrator of USAID.

From the article:

"The international aid community is so desperate for someone to run USAID that top aid groups are holding their own poll to help find a candidate, listing 20 possibilities. A week into the poll, Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development and formerly at the World Bank, is leading with 15 percent of the vote, ahead of Gayle Smith, a former USAID official now at the National Security Council, by just one point. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell comes in third at 12 percent."

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July 31, 2009

Who'd a Thunk It? Bipartisan Consensus on Foreign Aid (Huffington Post)

The Huffington Post publishes the director of CGD's Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program Sheila Herrling and CGD deputy director for outreach and policy Sarah Jane Staats' op-ed on U.S. foreign assistance reform.

From the article:

"Amidst of a month of partisan battles on Capitol Hill over a Supreme Court nominee, health care and financial regulation, a new bill was introduced this week that rose above party lines: the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S. 1524). Senators Kerry, Lugar, Menendez, Corker, Risch and Cardin-three Democrats and three Republicans-introduced the bill as "a first step toward comprehensive reform of U.S. foreign assistance," showing they are ready, willing and able to work with the administration on a set of deeper reforms."

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July 15, 2009

Live-Blogging Hillary Clinton (Foreign Policy Blog)

Foreign Policy references CGD in a recent blog about Secretaries Clinton's froeign policy speech.

From the article:

"On development, admits that the U.S. has given less as a percentage of GDP compared to other advanced industrialized states. That sound you hear is the Center for Global Development jumping up for joy."

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July 13, 2009

Future of U.S. Foreign Assistance (Kojo Nnamdi Show)

The Kojo Nnamdi Show interviews CGD senior policy associate Sheila Herrling's on U.S. foreign assistance reform.

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July 9, 2009

Honduras Losing $20 Million in U.S. Aid, and Counting (McClatchy Newspapers)

McClatchy Newspapers quotes CGD Senior Policy Associate Sheila Herrling on the U.S. response to the Honduran coup.

From the article:

"Sheila Herrling, a senior policy associate with the Washington-based Center for Global Development, suggested the administration was delaying a decision to get tougher on the country in hopes of reaching a political resolution."

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February 27, 2009

International Groups Pleased With Proposed Budget (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

The Chronicle of Philanthropy quotes cites CGD senior policy analyst Sheila Herrling's blog on Obama’s budget proposal.

From the article:

"Writing on the Center for Global Development’s blog, Sheila Herrling called the increase a “remarkable outcome given the state of the economy and the difficult economic climate.” That said, Ms. Herrling, Mr. Worthington, and others pointed out that the proposed spending on international aid still represented just 1.4 percent of the total budget.

The budget’s supporting documents offered additional reasons for hope, according to Ms. Herrling. The budget puts the U.S. government on a path to double foreign assistance; gives the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development more money to hire new employees; and increases non-military assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other goals."

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March 14, 2007

Bush's Aid Policy Prods Countries

Michael M. Phillips writes for the Wall Street Journal and looks into the Millennium Challenge Corporation's ability to influence recipient countries to overhaul their governments.


From the Article:

"There are many, many countries that want to be part of the Millennium Challenge account, and the competition is stiff, and the elbows are getting sharper," says Mr. Danilovich, a former oil-shipping executive and Republican activist.

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"Countries care really deeply about this seal of approval of good governance," says Sheila Herrling, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development, a Washington think tank. She gives the Millennium Challenge Corp. "full credit" for Yemen's about-face.