Getting Comfortable with the “T-word” at USAID, a Focus on Transitioning Countries


Amidst the general approbation that accompanied Ambassador Mark Green’s arrival at USAID to serve as Administrator, there appears to be one dark cloud on the horizon. Some in the development community are deeply concerned about Administrator Green’s endorsement of “strategic transitions,” in which USAID works its way out of job and, in one form or … Continue reading Getting Comfortable with the “T-word” at USAID, a Focus on Transitioning Countries

MFAN Evaluation Finds Focused, Effective Coalition Shaping Foreign Assistance Policy


MFAN’s advocacy efforts over the past eight years have helped mainstream reform principles in the foreign assistance policy debate.  This was the major finding from a recently completed evaluation of MFAN commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  The assessment, conducted by BLE Solutions, examined MFAN’s results, adaptability, effectiveness as a coalition, and member … Continue reading MFAN Evaluation Finds Focused, Effective Coalition Shaping Foreign Assistance Policy

Redesign Reactions: What’s Next for the State Department and USAID?


Since the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo on government reorganization in April, MFAN has helped foster a public conversation about how a redesign can and should enhance the effectiveness, accountability, and impact of our foreign assistance. MFAN recently re-released Guiding Principles for Effective U.S. Assistance, which assert that any … Continue reading Redesign Reactions: What’s Next for the State Department and USAID?

AID Redesign: Can USAID Learn from MCC’s Experience?


One of the more forward-leaning recommendations in the aid redesign proposal of the MFAN co-chairs that is sure to elicit considerable controversy is to join together the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The thinking behind this recommendation is to bring coherence to U.S. development policy and ground our … Continue reading AID Redesign: Can USAID Learn from MCC’s Experience?

Recent Redesign Proposals Converge on 10 Priorities for Reform


Recently a number of distinguished thinkers – including MFAN’s Co-Chairs – have published recommendations for upgrading the U.S. diplomacy and development architecture. To inform the administration and Congress as they consider redesign options, below is an analysis of these proposals that identifies ten common priorities for reform. Taken together, these ten recommendations would strengthen the … Continue reading Recent Redesign Proposals Converge on 10 Priorities for Reform

MFAN Co-Chairs Letter to USAID Administrator Mark Green


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** August 22, 2017 The Honorable Mark Green Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development Ronald Reagan Building Washington, D.C. 20523 Dear Administrator Green: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), we wish to congratulate you on your confirmation as Administrator of USAID. We stand ready … Continue reading MFAN Co-Chairs Letter to USAID Administrator Mark Green

Redesign Reaction: Getting to the nitty gritty to make the most of foreign aid


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction Based on several decades of work in the foreign assistance field, I have a lot of unanswered questions, but one thing I know for certain:  foreign aid types – proponents and opponents – just … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Getting to the nitty gritty to make the most of foreign aid

Redesign Data: Dueling Dashboards


The potential redesign of both the State Department and USAID – and their relationship to each other in managing U.S. foreign assistance – is the topic of much discussion and ideas.  How our foreign assistance is delivered, by whom, and with what objective is all part of debate.  Some of the ideas are big, such … Continue reading Redesign Data: Dueling Dashboards

Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency


The Trump Administration’s call for a reorganization of the federal government has many fearful that this exercise will follow in the footsteps of the steep proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2018. Yet MFAN has seen this as an opportunity to provide ideas for principled and rational reform of our aid architecture.  A number of … Continue reading Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency

Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction On July 10th, the co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) published a proposal for structural aid reforms, A Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose. These thoughtful and ambitious recommendations show a concrete path … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development