Women Thrive’s IPR Fact Sheet


Back in May, our partner Women Thrive Worldwide hosted a gender roundtable on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) implementation and procurement reform (IPR) agenda. What came out of that meeting is a smart one-pager—or fact sheet—that explains why IPR is central to building capacity and ensuring development solutions are country-led.

Mark Your Calendars — Week of July 30


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.

Greater Business-Government Alignment is a Win-Win for Global Development


The good news is that much of this work is underway. USAID is deploying its first group of Field Investment Officers this year to help drive increased engagement with the private sector in key missions, including several in Africa. And several “next generation” development opportunities – such as the MCC’s second compact with Ghana, which is focused on increasing investment in the power sector, the administration’s Partnership for Growth initiative, which seeks to provide a more coordinated, government-wide approach to addressing growth and investment constraints in four countries, and Feed the Future, with its newly identified priority value chains in Africa – provide the occasion to apply new approaches that acknowledge the potential for governments and businesses to generate the ingredients of sustainable growth together that neither are likely to accomplish alone.

Moving local organizations into the driver’s seat


As a result of USAID’s policy called Implementation and Procurement Reform, AGEXPORT is about to move into the driver’s seat. In a new Feed the Future project called “Rural Value Chains,” USAID required that a local Guatemalan organization be the prime funding recipient. AGEXPORT has asked Save the Children to play a supportive role by providing key technical support and institutional capacity.

Mark Your Calendars — Week of July 23, 2012


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Women in Ghana: Are We Helping Them Feed the Future?


Sasu observed that while some plans do seem to be in motion, the process isn’t as transparent as she and other farmers would like. While she has been consulted on several projects through the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge and Africa Lead, Lydia hears very little feedback after she submits her comments. Lydia recently told Women Thrive that at this point, she’s not even sure where some of the major projects will be located. And after speaking with a colleague who works in another region, Lydia reported to us that in terms of connecting with local women farmers, the U.S. government has been very slow.

Mark Your Calendars — Week of July 16, 2012


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Field Feedback Series


To better understand how the global development policy, and key presidential initiatives, are being put into practice in the field, we reached out to our network of implementing partners. These partners, whose field operations exist in countries from Afghanistan to Zambia, have spoken with local civil society to paint a picture of how reforms dictated from Washington are or are not bringing about real change for individuals, families, and communities suffering from poverty and disease.

Roundup of #AidTransparency Tweets


In the interest of being transparent, below we’ve listed the tweets received through our aid transparency contest. Thanks to all who participated!