A Rising Generation of Aid Effectiveness Practitioners


Each year, MFAN speaks with the Congressional Hunger Center‘s Leland International Hunger Fellows about the pillars of aid effectiveness, and how accountability and country ownership can be incorporated into their two-year program of field and policy work. The Congressional Hunger Center interviewed this year’s cohort, asking them how they have seen accountability and country ownership playing a role … Continue reading A Rising Generation of Aid Effectiveness Practitioners

A Note on Aid Reform: Applying the Fundamentals


Friends, At our core, MFAN is committed to three principles: transparency of U.S. foreign aid, accountability of our assistance programs, and the local ownership needed to achieve meaningful results. As 2019 gets well underway, MFAN is looking at a number of opportunities to put these principles to practice and increase development effectiveness: The new U.S. … Continue reading A Note on Aid Reform: Applying the Fundamentals

A Note on Aid Reform: A New Year Agenda as the Government Returns to Work


Happy New Year everyone, I’m excited to write you for the first time as MFAN’s interim Executive Director. After 30+ years at the Congressional Research Service and a decade consulting for various MFAN members, I’m eager to work directly on MFAN’s aid reform issues. As you may know, MFAN has been going through some changes, … Continue reading A Note on Aid Reform: A New Year Agenda as the Government Returns to Work

Budget Instability and Development Effectiveness


The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network advocates for more effective and accountable U.S. foreign assistance that will deliver greater results for people in need and U.S. taxpayers. A chaotic budget environment beleaguered with cuts, delays, and rescissions does not enable effective aid nor efficient use of American taxpayer dollars. To shed light on the issues with this … Continue reading Budget Instability and Development Effectiveness

A Year in Review, A Decade of Reform


Dear Colleagues, On Tuesday, Tessie and I (Les was in far-off places) had the pleasure of joining leaders from the aid community, MCC, USAID, and OPIC to honor ten dedicated members of Congress on Capitol Hill. It was a pleasure to be joined by former MFAN Co-Chair and current Honorary Co-Chair, former Representative Jim Kolbe, … Continue reading A Year in Review, A Decade of Reform

Champions of Aid Reform: A Decade of Aid Effectiveness and the Future of U.S. Assistance


As MFAN celebrates 10 years of aid reforms, we thank our congressional allies, our administration partners, and the MFAN community for articulating the value of foreign assistance and advancing reforms to achieve even greater impact. On December 4, 2018 we had the pleasure of joining leaders from the aid community, MCC, USAID, and OPIC to honor … Continue reading Champions of Aid Reform: A Decade of Aid Effectiveness and the Future of U.S. Assistance

Setting the Gold Standard for Transparency: The Opportunity for the New U.S. Development Finance Agency


In a rare example of agreement from Capitol Hill to the White House to the development community, the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act (BUILD Act), P.L. 115-254, was signed into law on October 5, 2018. This legislation creates the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The new agency not only combines the … Continue reading Setting the Gold Standard for Transparency: The Opportunity for the New U.S. Development Finance Agency

Transparency of the Future: A High-Quality, Highly Usable U.S. Foreign Aid Dashboard


Transparency and access to data is an important part of aid effectiveness. Aside from providing people with the right to access information, the aim of aid transparency is threefold: to better coordinate aid, enable more accountability, and allow for in-country actors to know what is happening in their own communities, thus giving them more ownership … Continue reading Transparency of the Future: A High-Quality, Highly Usable U.S. Foreign Aid Dashboard

Implementing the BUILD Act: Four Areas for Focus


Read MFAN Deputy Director & Senior Policy Advisor Stephanie Cappa’s op-ed on implementing the BUILD Act and planning the U.S. Development Finance Corporation on Devex.    

USAID’s Proposed Transformation: Highlights & Questions


The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) welcomes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Transformation proposal to strengthen the Agency’s ability to deliver on its development and humanitarian mission. The Agency’s proposal meets four out of five of MFAN’s widely endorsed structural requirements for an effective aid agency. USAID: 1) remains an independent lead aid agency; … Continue reading USAID’s Proposed Transformation: Highlights & Questions