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 asks are the Administration’s policy proposals maximizing development impact by:
1. Maximizing efficiencies by eliminating wasteful regulations, better coordinating and leveraging work with partners, and demanding clear results through better evaluation?
2. Increasing accountability to U.S. taxpayers, as well as people in developing countries?
3. Codifying a shared Executive-Legislative vision for the U.S. approach to development built around sound strategic planning, greater transparency, accountability for results, and the flexibility to spend resources according to needs and opportunities on the ground?
4. Ensuring assistance is driven by local priorities and supportive of local policy reforms that will lead to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction?
5. Institutionalizing the distinctiveness between diplomacy and development so that short-term humanitarian and political goals and long-term development are complementary and work together to achieve U.S. objectives?
6. Empowering and strengthening USAID as a 21st-Century development agency?
Click here to read expanded questions from MFAN’s new two-pager on benchmarks for reform.