To Succeed in its Journey to Self-Reliance Approach with Partner Countries, USAID needs a Civil Society Strategy


Under the leadership of Administrator Mark Green, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has spent the past three years developing a new vision in its relationship with partner countries: the Journey to Self-Reliance. This refocusing of how the U.S. provides foreign assistance is being implemented through a series of new policies and partnerships. However, … Continue reading To Succeed in its Journey to Self-Reliance Approach with Partner Countries, USAID needs a Civil Society Strategy

We’re seeing the effects of budget instability on the ground


In a recent column in The Hill, I reflected on the disappointing turn that I witnessed as my organization, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), learned that our project meant to help feed and train people emerging from the Ebola crisis, had been terminated early. The program in Sierra Leone, funded by the U.S. government, was in … Continue reading We’re seeing the effects of budget instability on the ground

Types of Foreign Assistance and American Interests


 At around 1% of the federal budget, all types of U.S. foreign assistance advance American interests and national security.  While some foreign aid is designed for immediate strategic considerations, U.S. development and humanitarian aid should be free from transactional use. Humanitarian aid should never be diverted for political or strategic purposes or subject to unreasonable cuts … Continue reading Types of Foreign Assistance and American Interests

EVENT: January 15, 2020 – The Importance of Stable Funding Streams for Foreign Aid Effectiveness


Congress has a long history of bipartisan support for foreign assistance in developing countries. This assistance has led to lasting positive impacts in the lives of millions of people across the world. Significant evidence shows that such development assistance is most effective when funded at relatively stable levels and for multiple years. In contrast, sharp … Continue reading EVENT: January 15, 2020 – The Importance of Stable Funding Streams for Foreign Aid Effectiveness

MFAN speaks out in support of USAID nomination


On November 4, the MFAN Co-Chairs spoke out in support of Senate action regarding the nomination of Michelle A. Bekkering to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Economic Policy, Economic Growth, Education, and Environment). MFAN has supported USAID’s Transformation process as an opportunity for meaningful reform that would advance … Continue reading MFAN speaks out in support of USAID nomination

Sustainable localization – local policy advocacy and the road to country ownership


According to the most recent edition of the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Person’s (TIP) report, Nepal continues to be a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Although Nepal continues to make forward progress to eliminate trafficking, much remains to be done.  Nepal’s … Continue reading Sustainable localization – local policy advocacy and the road to country ownership

USAID Transformation – What is MFAN Watching Now?


Last year, the U.S. Agency for International Development presented a proposed restructuring plan to Congress in the form of nine Congressional Notifications (CNs). The impetus was Administrator Mark Green’s vision of an Agency focused on the Journey to Self-Reliance and a March 2017 executive order issued by the President with the intent to reorganize and … Continue reading USAID Transformation – What is MFAN Watching Now?

MFAN is hiring a Senior Government Relations Manager


The Senior Government Relations Manager will be MFAN’s primary advocacy and Congressional advisor, advancing policy and program agendas in support of reform. This individual will lead MFAN policy outreach with a particular focus on Capitol Hill and lead MFAN lobbying strategy on all issues and workstreams, showing demonstrable evidence of policy impact. See the full job … Continue reading MFAN is hiring a Senior Government Relations Manager

OPIC/USAID Coordination Report shows promise for strong development ties, but will Congress deliver?


This week, David Bohigian, the Acting CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which is set to be rolled into the new U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC), submitted a document to Congress alongside USAID Administrator Mark Green. The BUILD Act required a joint coordination report laying out how the two agencies would work together once … Continue reading OPIC/USAID Coordination Report shows promise for strong development ties, but will Congress deliver?

What is equity scoring and why is it important for financing development?


On October 1, 2019 the new U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will open its doors. The DFC is a modernized version of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) that consolidates the agency with USAID’s Development Credit Authority, and provides new financing tools to catalyze private investment in developing economies. The new tools granted to … Continue reading What is equity scoring and why is it important for financing development?