In advance of USAID Administrator Raj Shah’s major speech tomorrow, hosted by MFAN Partner the Center for Global Development, we’re revisiting some of the agency’s major reforms over the past year. Be sure to check ModernizeAid throughout the coming days for complete coverage of the speech, including MFAN Partner reactions. Also, look for us on Twitter as we live-tweet the speech by following @modernizeaid and retweet often!
One of the most exciting developments was the launch of the 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.MFAN Co-Chairs David Beckmann and George Ingram said, “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.”
Publish What You Fund, a valuable MFAN Partner, praised the launch of www.foreignassistance.gov and commented, “The most important and exciting thing about the site is that it is the beginning of more and better things to come. This is the first output of an important interagency aid transparency process working to develop a common framework and publish aid information, documents and data across all of the agencies providing foreign assistance.”
Our friends at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights said, “The work of the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights with Zanmi Lasante in Haiti over the last eight years has demonstrated that impacted communities tend to be the last to know critical details of planned international interventions. Communities may not be informed of project plans or how to seek redress for any problems that arise. The increased transparency from the Dashboard will allow those with internet access to gain important information, but it is necessary that information is made accessible in a variety of ways appropriate to each context, including multiple languages and formats.”
For more responses and reactions to the new foreign assistance dashboard, visit our blog here.