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 … 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

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