CCEFA Profile: Rep. Hank Johnson


See below for our latest Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) profile of the Congressman from Georgia, Hank Johnson. We’ve already profiled the Co-Chairs Ander Crenshaw and Adam Smith, as well as Representatives Keith Ellison, Denny Rehberg, Laura Richardson, Dennis Ross, Aaron Schock, and Lynn Woolsey. Stay tuned for more!

Foreign Aid a Top Issue for Congress According to Foreign Policy


Last week, Foreign Policy staff writer Josh Rogin came out with a list of eight foreign policy “fights” Congress will face when it returns from its August recess. Ranked among free trade and the war in Libya is foreign aid reform.

MFAN Partner ONE Reflects on the MCC


MFAN’s recent event took a close look at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and how its principles and operational model are aligning with the President’s Policy on Global Development and overall efforts to improve aid effectiveness. ONE’s Marissa Glauberman wrote about our event on their blog and addressed the opportunities and challenges facing the MCC today.

CCEFA Profile: Rep. Lynn Woolsey


See below for our latest Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance (CCEFA) profile of the Congresswoman from California, Lynn Woolsey. We’ve already profiled the Co-Chairs Ander Crenshaw and Adam Smith, as well as Representatives Keith Ellison, Denny Rehberg, Laura Richardson, Dennis Ross, and Aaron Schock. Stay tuned for more!

MFAN Event Recap: On the Cutting Edge of Aid Effectiveness


On July 28, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) hosted a public dialogue on the foreign assistance reform agenda with Sheila Herrling, the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Vice President for Policy and Evaluation, and Gayle Smith, Senior Director at the National Security Council (NSC). Entitled “On the Cutting Edge of Aid Effectiveness: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the Millennium Challenge Corporation,” the event was moderated by the Hon. Jim Kolbe, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and brought together a cross-section of development perspectives. The panelists examined how the MCC was working both independently and alongside USAID and other relevant agencies to maximize the effectiveness, accountability, and efficiency of U.S. foreign assistance dollars.

MFAN Blog Series: Moving from Policy to Practice


This week, MFAN is kicking off the second installment in our six-part blog series about our new reform agenda. For August, we’re looking at what it will take to have a strong, empowered 21st century development agency. In From Policy to Practice, MFAN suggests the following actions to strengthen the US Agency for International Development: provide USAID with the tools it needs to accomplish its mission (e.g. a working capital fund); give USAID full authority over its policies and budget; and mandate that a coordinated development strategy be prepared for each developing country with a U.S. presence that is prepared under the leadership of USAID.