MFAN Statement: USAID Dashboard a Strong Action Step on Reform

December 17, 2010 (WASHINGTON)This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram:

We applaud the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for launching the new US Foreign Assistance Dashboard—the first comprehensive, web-based tool that provides information to policymakers, aid partners, and the public about where U.S. foreign assistance is going and what impact it is having in saving lives and helping vulnerable people build livelihoods.

It is hard to overstate how important this new tool is to making U.S. foreign assistance more effective.  The Dashboard increases transparency in U.S. foreign assistance in an unprecedented way, and in doing so, it allows policymakers and aid partners to make more informed decisions, while also helping citizens here and abroad hold their leaders accountable for delivering results on development.

The launch of the Dashboard is a concrete sign that the Obama Administration is moving forward to implement the reforms outlined in the Presidential Policy Directive on Development and the recently-released Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).  It is also a sign that Secretary Clinton and USAID Administrator Shah are serious about using innovation and technology to bring U.S. development efforts into the 21st century.  We look forward to working with the Administration to drive additional progress on implementing reforms, and we believe strongly that the most important step that can be taken in 2011 is for the Administration and Congress to work together to pass legislation that will give the reforms the force of law.

For additional information, please contact Sam Hiersteiner at 202-295-0171 or shiersteiner@gpgdc.com.

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