Major overhaul sets up U.S. aid agency to be more effective, efficient and accountable


In 2017, the Trump administration instructed all federal agencies to review their operations and propose opportunities for efficiency gains. As part of this effort, the administration published its reorganization proposal  for a number of agencies and functions. While the U.S. foreign assistance community has seen its share of unique surprises over the last 20 months, … Continue reading Major overhaul sets up U.S. aid agency to be more effective, efficient and accountable

Community Roundup: Support for Final Passage of the BUILD Act


On October 3, 2018 Congress passed the bipartisan Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018 (H.R. 5105/S. 2463), authorizing a new International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) and establishing a wider set of development finance tools. MFAN has advocated for development finance reform and has engaged with Congress on this legislation to … Continue reading Community Roundup: Support for Final Passage of the BUILD Act

Letter to Appropriations Committee Leadership on FY19 Budget


Download a formatted version of the letter here. Friday, July 20, 2018 The Honorable Lindsey Graham Chairman Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy Ranking Member Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs The Honorable Hal Rogers Chairman House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related … Continue reading Letter to Appropriations Committee Leadership on FY19 Budget

Ensuring Gender Integration in USAID Transformation


On June 12th, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Plan International, Save the Children, and MFAN co-hosted Transforming Foreign Aid: Putting Women and Girls at the Center. This event, with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) as honorary co-hosts, highlighted how the development community is mainstreaming gender issues, especially in the context of USAID’s … Continue reading Ensuring Gender Integration in USAID Transformation

USAID Just Released Its “Journey to Self Reliance” Indicators. What Comes Next?


Last week, CGD hosted the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for the first public presentation of the agency’s new “Journey to Self-Reliance” metrics. Launched by USAID Administrator Mark Green, the Journey to Self-Reliance is a new strategic approach that aims to more systematically orient the agency’s programming toward building countries’ capacity to address their own development … Continue reading USAID Just Released Its “Journey to Self Reliance” Indicators. What Comes Next?

U.S. Government Investments That Give Everyone a Fair Chance


Tax season is over this year in the United States, but efforts on taxes are only gaining speed and attention in many developing nations. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has highlighted this as key to helping countries on their “Journey to Self-Reliance.” USAID aims to invest more aid to help … Continue reading U.S. Government Investments That Give Everyone a Fair Chance

New USAID Bureau Would Be a Powerhouse for Program Effectiveness


One of the most promising proposals in USAID’s transformation blueprint is the re-unification of its policy, budget, and learning functions into the new Bureau of Policy, Resources, and Performance (PRP), under the leadership of a new Associate Administrator. The goal of having budgets flow from development policy and program learning is one of the clearest … Continue reading New USAID Bureau Would Be a Powerhouse for Program Effectiveness

Testimony: Co-Chair George Ingram on Modernizing Development Finance


Download a PDF version of the testimony here. *** Testimony of George M. Ingram Senate Foreign Relations Committee Modernizing Development Finance Hearing May 10, 2018 Chairman Corker and Ranking Member Menendez, my appreciation for the invitation to testify today, and to Chairman Corker and Senator Coons for introducing the BUILD Act in recognition of the … Continue reading Testimony: Co-Chair George Ingram on Modernizing Development Finance

MFAN Testimony on Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations


Download a PDF version of the testimony here. *** Joint Testimony of Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) Co-Chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette House Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs April 20, 2018 Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, and Members of the Committee: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign … Continue reading MFAN Testimony on Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations

Optimism from MCC, USAID, & State on Evaluation & Learning


In a time of uncertain budgets, redesign, and shifting leadership, the foreign assistance and evaluation communities have some positive developments to embrace. The new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of foreign assistance show the Administration clearly understands and supports the value of M&E. The leading foreign assistance agencies … Continue reading Optimism from MCC, USAID, & State on Evaluation & Learning