Foreign aid reform: Overdue and in Need of Direction

Late August, President Obama issued a request for an interagency review of all U.S. global development policy, responding to the calls from civil society and members of his own administration. He thus added the “Presidential Study Directive on Global Development … Continued

Outreach Based on Need not Creed

By Rocco Puopolo s.x., Executive Director Bishop George Biguzzi of the Diocese of Makeni, Sierra Leone, was recently invited to Washington to make a presentation on migration in West Africa to the United States Catholics Conference of Bishops (USCCB) Migration … Continued

World Food Day: A Time to Listen

October 16 is World Food Day at the UN, and this year focus is how to achieve food security in times of crisis. This is a timely topic on the heels of last year’s food price crisis, the recent financial crisis, … Continued

AFJN Supports an Informed Foreign Aid Reform

As part of the Presidential Study Directive on Foreign Assistance, initiated by President Obama at the end of August, the National Security Council has socilcited input from the NGO community on what U.S. development should look like. AFJN and several … Continued

The Changing Face of Mission in Africa

By Rocco Puopolo, S.X., Executive Director As you read this very newsletter, a number of Bishops from Africa and around the world are meeting in Rome for the Second Special Assembly for Africa, commonly called the African Synod. The theme … Continued

Climate Change Action: Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis

October is shaping up to be an important month for action on climate change. Last week alone, President Obama indicated his support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate and reduce carbon emissions from major U.S. industry polluters, and … Continued