A Rising Generation of Aid Effectiveness Practitioners


Each year, MFAN speaks with the Congressional Hunger Center‘s Leland International Hunger Fellows about the pillars of aid effectiveness, and how accountability and country ownership can be incorporated into their two-year program of field and policy work. The Congressional Hunger Center interviewed this year’s cohort, asking them how they have seen accountability and country ownership playing a role … Continue reading A Rising Generation of Aid Effectiveness Practitioners

How does USAID’s recent Policy Framework perform on aid effectiveness?


This spring, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released its latest Policy Framework. The document pulls from goals outlined in the United States’ National Security Strategy (NSS) and the Department of State and USAID Joint Strategic Plan (JSP), and weaves these goals into U.S. development policy. Together, the NSS, JSP, and Policy Framework … Continue reading How does USAID’s recent Policy Framework perform on aid effectiveness?

MFAN is hiring a Program Associate


The MFAN Program Associate is a motivated individual who is interested in global development policy, providing programmatic, event, and administrative support to the MFAN staff and network. In this highly visible role, the Program Associate will gain valuable exposure to foreign assistance policy and advocacy, and will engage regularly with external stakeholders. Applications will be … Continue reading MFAN is hiring a Program Associate

Three years after FATAA: What’s the current state of U.S. foreign assistance data?


Over the last almost ten years, the US has made a series of commitments to improve the publication of its aid data.  Behind this effort is the concept that increases in transparency and availability of US data will lead to better planning, accountability, and effectiveness of US aid efforts.  One of the latest steps in … Continue reading Three years after FATAA: What’s the current state of U.S. foreign assistance data?

A Note on Aid Reform: Leadership


To the MFAN Community, Throughout my career I have worked with a number of individuals who I would call leaders in the true sense of the word. To lead is to “guide on a way, especially by going in advance.” The international affairs community is fortunate to be led by some impressive individuals willing to … Continue reading A Note on Aid Reform: Leadership

5 ways the new U.S. Development Finance Corporation can embrace women’s economic empowerment


Development initiatives must cut across all groups of society for full impact. According to some estimates, women represent 70 percent of the world’s poor. What can a focus on women’s economic empowerment do for the world? Experts say the female economy represents an emerging market more than twice the size of India and China combined. … Continue reading 5 ways the new U.S. Development Finance Corporation can embrace women’s economic empowerment

A Note on Aid Reform: Applying the Fundamentals


Friends, At our core, MFAN is committed to three principles: transparency of U.S. foreign aid, accountability of our assistance programs, and the local ownership needed to achieve meaningful results. As 2019 gets well underway, MFAN is looking at a number of opportunities to put these principles to practice and increase development effectiveness: The new U.S. … Continue reading A Note on Aid Reform: Applying the Fundamentals

A Note on Aid Reform: A New Year Agenda as the Government Returns to Work


Happy New Year everyone, I’m excited to write you for the first time as MFAN’s interim Executive Director. After 30+ years at the Congressional Research Service and a decade consulting for various MFAN members, I’m eager to work directly on MFAN’s aid reform issues. As you may know, MFAN has been going through some changes, … Continue reading A Note on Aid Reform: A New Year Agenda as the Government Returns to Work

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