The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) is a reform coalition composed of international development and foreign policy practitioners, policy advocates and experts, concerned citizens and private sector organizations. MFAN was created to build upon the bipartisan consensus that has emerged over the last decade that the U.S. should play a leadership role in achieving economic growth and reducing poverty and suffering around the world, and that we can play this role more effectively, efficiently, and transparently.
MFAN is dedicated to working with the Administration, Congress, and the development community to advance a reform agenda that will make U.S. development assistance and policy work harder for the American people and for people in developing countries. We believe that successful reforms will maximize the impact of our assistance, and will help to ensure support in the future among policymakers and the American people for the resources necessary to maintain development as a pillar of U.S. engagement.
Our Proposal: A Reform Agenda for 2014 and Beyond
At less than one percent of the federal budget, U.S. development programs save and improve millions of lives that would otherwise be lost or mired in poverty. We support these programs not only because it is right, but because it is in our vital national interest.
We also want U.S. development interventions to be as effective as possible. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have taken important steps toward reforming U.S. development policy and practice, but still more work needs to be done.
The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) outlines two powerful and mutually reinforcing pillars of reform – accountability through transparency, evaluation and learning; and country ownership of the priorities and resources for, and implementation of, development. We believe that, together, accountability and country ownership are vital prerequisites to building the kind of capacity in developing countries that will help enable leaders and citizens to take responsibility for their own development.