MFAN Principal Releases Report on Renewed U.S.-EU Development Dialgoue

In the face of trying economic times and upheaval among fragile states, MFAN Principal Bill Anderson has released a policy brief, in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., that touts a strong, collaborative U.S.-EU foreign assistance partnership as an invaluable instrument against global instability. Entitled, “The U.S.-EU High Level Development Dialogue: Building on the Legacy of the Marshall Plan,” Anderson puts forth a multi-faceted argument on the future of international development assistance.

Brookings releases Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid

On Tuesday, Brookings launched their recent publication, Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid. The event featured engaging speakers and a panel of experts who assessed aid as a driver of global progress.  As participants examined the changing landscape of foreign assistance, many of their recommendations for increased effectiveness aligned with MFAN’s priorities. Inclusive partnerships … Continue reading Brookings releases Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid

CGD: President Sirleaf’s Ambition for Liberia: Aid-Free in a Decade

A recent post on the Center for Global Development’s blog offers a recap of last week’s event with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Todd Moss, CGD’s vice president for corporate affairs, discusses the President’s speech and her laudable goals for Liberia. The full post is available here. CGD had the honor and privilege of hosting … Continue reading CGD: President Sirleaf’s Ambition for Liberia: Aid-Free in a Decade

CGD: New GAO Report on U.S. Food Aid and Monetization: Reforms Needed

Connie Veillette, MFAN principal and Director of CGD’s Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance initiative, reviewed the GAO’s report on international food assistance in a recent blog post. She finds, as MFAN did, significant opportunities for improvement and cost savings in food aid monetization reform. Read the full post and others on CGD’s blog. The Government Accountability … Continue reading CGD: New GAO Report on U.S. Food Aid and Monetization: Reforms Needed

CCEFA Profile: Rep. Laura Richardson

See below for our latest Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) profile of the Congresswoman from California, Laura Richardson. To read about other CCEFA Members we’ve profiled, click here.

New GAO Report Finds Food Aid Monetization is Inefficient

Since the Food Security Act of 1985, Congress has authorized the sale of U.S. food aid commodities in developing countries to fund development, referred to as monetization. Following interviews with agency officials, data analysis, and fieldwork, the GAO reported that the U.S. lost nearly $219 million of the $722 million expended on this program over three years due to inefficiency of the monetization process.

CCEFA Profile: Rep. Denny Rehberg

As the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) continues to gain new members, we bring you our latest profile of Montana’s Congressman at large, Denny Rehberg.

MFAN Releases Key Benchmarks for Global Development Policy Reform

As the first anniversary of the Administration’s new development policy approaches, and the State Department and USAID push forward with the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), MFAN has developed the following benchmarks as a tool for assessing the Administration’s progress toward implementing its policy proposals. The benchmarks are based on Administration policy documents and commitments and informed by MFAN implementation recommendations.

MFAN Introduces Legislative Standards for Global Development

MFAN has created a set of eight standards to serve as a guide for policymakers as they consider new legislation related to global development. Though MFAN continues to believe that an overhaul of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) is the most effective way to address today’s challenges, applying the following reform standards to develop ment-related legislation will help support progress on key reforms.