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

Congress finds bipartisan support for foreign aid and aid reform


In the course of two days last week, the U.S. Congress passed two foreign aid bills. What’s more, in the course of five months, Congress has passed three foreign aid bills! All three bills passed with strong bipartisan leadership and support. Equally important, all three bills reflect a new era of a more modernized approach … Continue reading Congress finds bipartisan support for foreign aid and aid reform

MFAN Network Celebrates Final Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


This week the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). The bill was also unanimously approved by the Senate last week and is now headed to President Obama to be signed into law.  This legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and … Continue reading MFAN Network Celebrates Final Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

MFAN Community Shows Support for Senate Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


This week the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the House version of the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). This legislation, sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), would codify important reforms to ensure that U.S. agencies involved in foreign assistance … Continue reading MFAN Community Shows Support for Senate Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

Show Me the Money: How Transparency and Evaluation Can Make Aid Better


It’s no secret that foreign assistance is an invaluable part of U.S. foreign policy. Aid is a strong expression of U.S. moral, economic, and national security imperatives, and it helps advance all three. It’s also no secret that foreign assistance resources make up a tiny part of overall U.S. spending. The entire International Affairs Budget … Continue reading Show Me the Money: How Transparency and Evaluation Can Make Aid Better

New Study Reaffirms Investments Can Yield Convincing Development Returns


Last July, the Financing for Development Conference in Ethiopia saw more than 30 donor and developing nations come together to recognize domestic resource mobilization (DRM), and the role that it can play in making global development truly sustainable. Through the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI), key donors, including the United States, enthusiastically endorsed DRM and pledged … Continue reading New Study Reaffirms Investments Can Yield Convincing Development Returns

USAID’s Ex-Post Evaluations Identified Programs That Really Worked


The concept of ex-post evaluation is simple and powerful: to identify the programs that delivered lasting benefits. Not only what were the results while millions in donor aid were being invested, but what were the results two, three or five years later? Were the local government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and communities able to maintain the … Continue reading USAID’s Ex-Post Evaluations Identified Programs That Really Worked