Congressional Leaders Voice Concern About Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to State Department and USAID


The Trump Administration has proposed $37.6 billion for International Affairs in its Fiscal Year 2018 “skinny budget”.  This request reduces funding levels for the State Department and USAID by 31% compared to the FY17 Continuing Resolution. Members of Congress have responded swiftly to the administration’s plan expressing concern over such a severe proposed reduction in … Continue reading Congressional Leaders Voice Concern About Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to State Department and USAID

MFAN Community Pushes Back on Trump Administration’s Deep Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance


This week the Trump Administration submitted its FY2018 “skinny budget” request to Congress.  The proposal asks for $37.6 billion for International Affairs, a 31% reduction in funding for the State Department and USAID compared to the FY17 Continuing Resolution. MFAN has come out strongly opposing this deep and disproportionate cut.  The MFAN Co-Chairs released a … Continue reading MFAN Community Pushes Back on Trump Administration’s Deep Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance

MFAN Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** February 23, 2017 The Honorable Rex Tillerson Secretary, U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Tillerson: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), we are writing to congratulate you on your recent confirmation to serve as the 69th … Continue reading MFAN Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson

MFAN Partners Break New Ground in Measuring Aid Impact


One theme received more attention than anticipated during newly-confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – the effectiveness of foreign aid.  Over a dozen Senators questioned Tillerson on issues including transparency and accountability as well as specific initiatives like PEPFAR, Feed the Future, and Power Africa. In … Continue reading MFAN Partners Break New Ground in Measuring Aid Impact

Ray of Sunlight at the Pentagon: Defense Department adopts first evaluation policy


On January 13, the Pentagon adopted its first-ever Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation (AM&E) Policy for security cooperation programs. The new policy commits the Defense Department to systematically examine what’s working and what’s not with security cooperation programs, finally requiring a level of scrutiny that is already in place at the U.S. Agency for International Development … Continue reading Ray of Sunlight at the Pentagon: Defense Department adopts first evaluation policy

Improving Ownership in US Foreign Assistance


For over a decade, donors and developing countries alike have embraced the notion that “country ownership” should be central to the way aid is designed and delivered. Ownership is widely considered critical for achieving and sustaining program results, building local capacity to help countries transition from aid, and strengthening the citizen-state compact by shifting accountability … Continue reading Improving Ownership in US Foreign Assistance

Pentagon unveils major policy to evaluate security cooperation programs


Each year, the Department of Defense (DoD) spends roughly $9 billion in taxpayer funds on engagements with foreign countries, much of it in the form of efforts to build the capacity of their militaries to provide effective, accountable security to their citizens.  These efforts – collectively called security cooperation – are not altruistic; rather, they … Continue reading Pentagon unveils major policy to evaluate security cooperation programs

Blog Series to Highlight MFAN’s Aid Effectiveness Recommendations for the New President and Congress


With the votes counted and the election results now in, MFAN is looking toward the next administration and Congress for opportunities to enhance U.S. development cooperation in 2017 and beyond. Recently, MFAN called for the continuation of strong, bipartisan support for robust and effective foreign assistance and outlined practical recommendations for how the next president … Continue reading Blog Series to Highlight MFAN’s Aid Effectiveness Recommendations for the New President and Congress

From Policy to Practice: Institutionalizing Evaluations at USAID


In a town that thrives on sound bites and photo ops, it’s rare to find an accomplishment that goes unheralded by its authors. Yet last month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) quietly released a major overhaul of its operational guidelines with little more than a tweet. Known as the Automated Directives System (ADS), … Continue reading From Policy to Practice: Institutionalizing Evaluations at USAID