It All Starts with Training: New CAP Report Calls for Better Crisis Prevention Training

Last week the Center for American Progress (CAP) published a report, “It All Starts with Training: Crisis Prevention and U.S. Foreign Affairs Agencies,” that explores the need for improved training courses and professional development opportunities at core U.S. foreign affairs agencies. The paper states that “without enhanced training, diplomats will continue to lack the broad range of tools they need to deal with the many complicated and challenging global issues they regularly encounter whether on the ground or back in Washington.” The goal is with improved training, diplomats and development experts can advance democracy, stimulate economic growth, and strengthen the rule of law prior to a possible emerging conflict that could end with direct military conflict.

Aiding Stability: Brookings Policy Brief Explores Development in Fragile States

MFAN partner the Brookings Institution has released a policy brief on the need for aid in fragile states, titled, “Aiding Stability: Improving Foreign Assistance in Fragile States.” Over the last 20 years, donor agencies have sought out partner countries based on critical development needs as well as institutional strength and governance. Fragile states, however, lack … Continue reading Aiding Stability: Brookings Policy Brief Explores Development in Fragile States

MFAN Statement: Congress Avoids Catastrophic Aid Cuts, Advances Reform in FY12 Budget

We are pleased that Congress avoided making catastrophic cuts to foreign assistance in the Fiscal Year 2012 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. We appreciate the efforts of the policymakers who fought to protect these critical programs, and we commend them for using the bill to advance some key foreign assistance reform priorities that will lead to better results for U.S. taxpayers and people in developing countries.

Congressman Ted Poe Talks about New Bill at Oxfam Event

Earlier this week, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX-2) addressed members of the development community about the need for accountability and transparency in U.S. foreign assistance. His speech was part of an event hosted by MFAN partner Oxfam America titled “Be Bold! Risk and Reward in U.S. Foreign Assistance.” Poe spoke about his new bill, The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, which currently has 45 bipartisan cosponsors and how he envisions the legislation will help to advance reform and build broad support for providing foreign assistance.

Crafting Modern Legislation

In From Policy to Practice, MFAN argued, “U.S. policy should be guided by modern legislation that codifies a shared Executive-Legislative vision for the U.S. approach to poverty-focused development.” Six months later, two key initiatives in Congress have been released, both of which build on the reform efforts started under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Save the Children Releases Report, Afghanistan in Transition

MFAN partner Save the Children has released a report, Afghanistan in Transition, calling for attention to development and governance during the impending withdrawal of U.S. troops, and outlaying recommendations to development and government actors.

Wilson Center Releases ‘Aiding Without Abetting’ Report on Effective Aid in Pakistan

A working group within the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars conducted an extensive policy re-evaluation of civilian aid provision to Pakistan in their report Aiding Without Abetting: Making U.S. Civilian Assistance to Pakistan Work for Both Sides. The group “concludes that a robust program of U.S. civilian assistance to Pakistan serves important interests of … Continue reading Wilson Center Releases ‘Aiding Without Abetting’ Report on Effective Aid in Pakistan

Amanpour Explores Foreign Aid with Deputy Secretary Tom Nides

During the interview, Deputy Secretary Nides pushes back on recent criticisms to foreign aid spending by noting how these programs are both cost-effective and central to our national security: “For every dollar you spend on assistance, it saves you five dollars for boots on the ground.” See the full interview below.