MCC’s Inaugural Forum on Global Development

On April 25, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) held its inaugural “Forum on Global Development,” at the George Washington University’s (GWU) Jack Morton Auditorium, featuring an awards presentation that recognized an exemplary partner corporation, partner country, and individual partner. The event also included a brief panel discussion, several short speeches, and video presentations from Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council; Michael Gerson, op-ed columnist for The Washington Post; and Sheila Herrling, MCC’s Vice President for Policy and Evaluation.

MFAN and USAID Co-Host Event on Procurement Reform

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the United States Agency for International Development invite you to… Implementation and Procurement Reform: The Liberian Perspective Featuring: Minister Amara Mohamed Konneh, Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Steve Radelet, USAID Chief Economist Introductory remarks by: George Ingram, MFAN Co-Chair Tuesday, April 24th 2:00 – 3:00 pm National … Continue reading MFAN and USAID Co-Host Event on Procurement Reform

How to Keep Score when Donors Make Promises

The Busan Outcome Document emphasizes that the focus of work to make aid more effective should be “global-light, country heavy”; in other words, the emphasis should be on progress made at the country level. And development progress indeed happens at the country level.

Secretary Clinton Co-Chairs First Annual OGP Meeting

In her opening statement, Clinton said, “In the 21st century, the United States is convinced that one of the most significant divisions among nations will not be north/south, east/west, religious, or any other category so much as whether they are open or closed societies. We believe that countries with open governments, open economies, and open societies will increasingly flourish. They will become more prosperous, healthier, more secure, and more peaceful…By contrast, those governments that hide from public view and dismiss the idea of openness and the aspirations of their people for greater freedom will find it increasingly difficult to maintain peace and security. “

VIDEO: CDR-MFAN Panel on Global Development

In case you missed it, see below for a video of the panel event MFAN co-hosted with the Consensus for Development Reform (CDR) on the George W. Bush Administration legacy on global development.

Mark Your Calendars — Week of April 9, 2012

Every Thursday, MFAN will post a list of upcoming events for the following week. For more information about each event and to RSVP, click on the links below. If your organization is hosting an event next week and you don’t see yourself on the list, please email

MFAN Statement: Agencies Report Progress on Obama Development Policy

Six months ago, MFAN challenged the U.S. government agencies involved in development to provide public information about how they were implementing President Obama’s Global Development Policy (PPD), which in September 2010 called for accelerating foreign assistance reform. The answers we received – which have been posted on MFAN’s new “Policy to Action” webpage – suggest that key agencies have made concrete changes in line with the PPD’s focus on economic growth, coordination, country ownership and accountability.