Blog Series to Highlight MFAN’s Aid Effectiveness Recommendations for the New President and Congress


With the votes counted and the election results now in, MFAN is looking toward the next administration and Congress for opportunities to enhance U.S. development cooperation in 2017 and beyond. Recently, MFAN called for the continuation of strong, bipartisan support for robust and effective foreign assistance and outlined practical recommendations for how the next president … Continue reading Blog Series to Highlight MFAN’s Aid Effectiveness Recommendations for the New President and Congress

From Policy to Practice: Institutionalizing Evaluations at USAID


In a town that thrives on sound bites and photo ops, it’s rare to find an accomplishment that goes unheralded by its authors. Yet last month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) quietly released a major overhaul of its operational guidelines with little more than a tweet. Known as the Automated Directives System (ADS), … Continue reading From Policy to Practice: Institutionalizing Evaluations at USAID

Thank You Letter to White House on the Addis Tax Initiative Baseline


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** October 21, 2016 Mary Beth Goodman Senior Director for Development & Democracy National Security Council White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Ms. Goodman: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), we are writing to thank you for the recent public announcement of the U.S. baseline … Continue reading Thank You Letter to White House on the Addis Tax Initiative Baseline

U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward


Over the past decade aid transparency has moved from being a little-known concept to the norm. The value of making timely and accurate aid data publicly available is now widely accepted as essential to good decision-making. Good data is the foundation of rigorous monitoring and real-time feedback, and is at the heart of transparency and … Continue reading U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward

Sustainability Through Local Ownership: Coming Soon to More USAID Missions


In a return to best practices, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s new policy and strategy guidance (ADS) tells the Missions to operationalize sustainability through local ownership in all parts of the program cycle. This is great news for many USAID career staff whose experience has shown that development programs cannot be effectively … Continue reading Sustainability Through Local Ownership: Coming Soon to More USAID Missions

Letter to USAID Administrator Gayle Smith on revised ADS guidance


Download a formatted version of the letter here. September 29, 2016 The Honorable Gayle Smith Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development Ronald Reagan Building Washington, D.C. 20523 Attn: Ms. Michele Sumilas Dear Administrator Smith: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), we are writing to follow up on our March 2016 letter and … Continue reading Letter to USAID Administrator Gayle Smith on revised ADS guidance

Ownership and Sustainability are Foundational in USAID’s Policy Revisions


On September 7th the US Agency for International Development (USAID) released full revisions to the Automated Directives System (ADS) chapters 200 and 201. For those unfamiliar with the ADS, it articulates USAID’s policy and procedures on a wide range of topics. From USAID’s hiring process to how Missions negotiate and develop multi-million dollar bilateral agreements … Continue reading Ownership and Sustainability are Foundational in USAID’s Policy Revisions

The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act is Law! Now What?


President Obama recently signed the Foreign Aid Accountability and Transparency Act, a bipartisan bill that will help to increase the accountability of U.S. foreign assistance resources so that they can be tracked, measured, and allocated to have the most impact. As one of our top priorities from our ACCOUNTdown to 2017 campaign, we’re thrilled to … Continue reading The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act is Law! Now What?

Letter to White House on the Addis Tax Initiative


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** July 11, 2016 Mary Beth Goodman Senior Director for Development & Democracy National Security Council White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Ms. Goodman: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), a reform coalition of international development advocates and practitioners focused on strengthening U.S. development policy … Continue reading Letter to White House on the Addis Tax Initiative

In Developing Countries, Taxes Are an Opportunity for Growth


Millennium Challenge Corporation Chief Executive Officer Dana J. Hyde gave keynote remarks today at MFAN’s event on The United States and the Future of Development Financing, where she discussed how U.S. investments support developing countries in their effort to transparently raise and spend their own funds on much-needed infrastructure and public services for their people. … Continue reading In Developing Countries, Taxes Are an Opportunity for Growth