Principles to Practice: How local organizations and INGOs are working locally for an effective pandemic response


As the predominant global development and humanitarian donor, the U.S. government will shape the global response to COVID-19, helping to save lives and curtail economic losses across the world. The United States leading an effective COVID-19 response in the developing world will protect the American people by limiting the resurgence of the disease, mitigating the … Continue reading Principles to Practice: How local organizations and INGOs are working locally for an effective pandemic response

Working Locally for an Effective Pandemic Response


There are six areas that the U.S. government should focus on in order to lead a successful pandemic response globally. One of these critical areas is working directly with local governments and civil society organizations. With transportation routes closed and supply chains disrupted, U.S. assistance must be leveraged to help communities protect their own health … Continue reading Working Locally for an Effective Pandemic Response

The Development Finance Corporation at Six Months: Early Successes and Challenges


On October 25, 2018, President Trump signed the BUILD Act, one of the most significant reforms to U.S. foreign assistance in decades. The BUILD Act combined the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) with USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) into a new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The new DFC has a strengthened mandate to … Continue reading The Development Finance Corporation at Six Months: Early Successes and Challenges

WATCH: Responding to COVID-19 Globally: Policy Recommendations for Effective Foreign Assistance


On May 26th, MFAN hosted Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) followed by panelists Jeff Sturchio, CEO of Rabin Martin, Tessie San Martin, CEO of Plan International USA, Lester Munson, Principal at BGR Group, and Larry Nowels to discuss an effective global response to the COVID-19 crisis. Representative Yoho led with remarks on the power of foreign … Continue reading WATCH: Responding to COVID-19 Globally: Policy Recommendations for Effective Foreign Assistance

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