Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jayne Hats for Turkeys

Do you like Joss Whedon, Firefly, and helping hungry people? If you do, then check out this link from a Browncoat (translation: Firefly fan) who is doing her part to help the hungry this Thanksgiving season. If you don't, that's ok! The Jayne Hat contest idea be a little odd to non-Browncoats, but the reason I post it it to say we can all be really creative about how we can, as individuals, help others. What is your passion? What can you make or do well? Can you use that talent to encourage others to donate or volunteer?

Jayne Hats for Turkeys

Thursday, November 19, 2009

MFAN Partners comment on Rajiv Shah appointment

So many of you may know that we now have a USAID administrator named Dr. Rajiv Shah. Want to know what people think about it? Here's a site from the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network that sums up the various positions of prominent anti-poverty organizations including Bread for the World, Oxfam, ONE, etc.

MFAN Partners comment on USAID leadership

Here's what Bread for the World said about it:
"“We are hopeful that Dr. Shah’s unique combination of knowledge about global health, agriculture, and other issues will allow him to provide a strong and indispensable development voice as major decisions are made about U.S. foreign policy,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World. “Since he has lived in a developing country, he knows first-hand the importance of long-term, sustainable development – in contrast to the State Department’s typically short-term, political approaches."