ONE is joining forces with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN)—including:
- Bread for the World
- Women Thrive Worldwide
- Mercy Corps
- Center for American Progress
- Oxfam America
- Publish What You Fund
- Save the Children
- American Jewish World Service
- Americans for Informed Democracy and
- International Women's Health Coalition
They are combining efforts across the Aid Advocacy community to help elevate the call for development and foreign assistance reform for President Obama and his key advisors through the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Global Development Policy.Tom Hart, Director of Government Relations at ONE.org advised in an email:
Right now, President Obama and his senior advisors, led by National Security Advisor James Jones and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, are preparing a Presidential Study Directive that will shape the future of U.S. efforts to alleviate poverty, fight disease, and create economic opportunity for the world's poorest people.
The petition they want us to sign, with my two cents added, reads:
Please create a U.S. global development strategy giving development a strong voice in foreign policy decisions and coordinating efforts to alleviate global poverty, fight disease, and create economic opportunity.
This would be the strongest message that you could send to the rest of world supporting the vision you put forth when accepting your Nobel Peace Prize. It would also be one of the most significant actions the United States could take in supporting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals especially to end poverty.
MFAN will deliver the petition to key White House contacts on December 18. They are looking to get 25,000 signature and so far they have 23,989 with 3,999 from California. So this time I am getting this out about a week early giving anyone who reads this an opportunity to add their voice so that they reach their goal.