I congratulate those who worked on the Redesign Consensus: A Plan for U.S. Assistance. Though there will be some disagreement on the details within the development community, the document provides core concepts for the immediate and needed advocacy on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. These themes include a substantially independent USAID with authority and responsibility … Continue reading Redesign Should Support an Independent USAID
We are pleased to join 12 colleagues in signing the Redesign Consensus: A Plan for US Assistance that launched today. The four main recommendations are to empower USAID as the lead independent aid agency, to create a full-fledged development finance institution, to establish a global development and humanitarian strategy, and to upgrade systems to better manage personnel, procurement, … Continue reading Redesign Consensus: Advancing the Conversation on Effective US Assistance
Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** November 1, 2017 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 MFAN Outlines Priorities for FY18 Appropriations Conference
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’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
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?
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?
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
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
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