Last week, CGD hosted the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for the first public presentation of the agency’s new “Journey to Self-Reliance” metrics. Launched by USAID Administrator Mark Green, the Journey to Self-Reliance is a new strategic approach that aims to more systematically orient the agency’s programming toward building countries’ capacity to address their own development … Continue reading USAID Just Released Its “Journey to Self Reliance” Indicators. What Comes Next?
Tax season is over this year in the United States, but efforts on taxes are only gaining speed and attention in many developing nations. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has highlighted this as key to helping countries on their “Journey to Self-Reliance.” USAID aims to invest more aid to help … Continue reading U.S. Government Investments That Give Everyone a Fair Chance
One of the most promising proposals in USAID’s transformation blueprint is the re-unification of its policy, budget, and learning functions into the new Bureau of Policy, Resources, and Performance (PRP), under the leadership of a new Associate Administrator. The goal of having budgets flow from development policy and program learning is one of the clearest … Continue reading New USAID Bureau Would Be a Powerhouse for Program Effectiveness
Download a PDF version of the testimony here. *** Testimony of George M. Ingram Senate Foreign Relations Committee Modernizing Development Finance Hearing May 10, 2018 Chairman Corker and Ranking Member Menendez, my appreciation for the invitation to testify today, and to Chairman Corker and Senator Coons for introducing the BUILD Act in recognition of the … Continue reading Testimony: Co-Chair George Ingram on Modernizing Development Finance
Download a PDF version of the testimony here. *** Joint Testimony of Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) Co-Chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette House Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs April 20, 2018 Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, and Members of the Committee: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign … Continue reading MFAN Testimony on Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations
In a time of uncertain budgets, redesign, and shifting leadership, the foreign assistance and evaluation communities have some positive developments to embrace. The new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of foreign assistance show the Administration clearly understands and supports the value of M&E. The leading foreign assistance agencies … Continue reading Optimism from MCC, USAID, & State on Evaluation & Learning
When the Department of State began implementing its first department-wide policy on evaluation in 2012, it did not do so in a vacuum. The Department engaged with key congressional and partner stakeholders on how best to advance our evaluation efforts, including participating in early discussions on what was to become the Foreign Aid Transparency and … Continue reading Establishing, Monitoring, and Refining an Evaluation Policy at the Department of State
MFAN and The Lugar Center’s recently released study emphasizes the need to translate evaluations into learning for better development impact. One of the report’s recommendations specifically calls on agencies to “work to cluster and synthesize evaluations findings by sector.” With Lessons from MCC’s Investments in Roads, MCC has done just that, drawing on experience from road projects … Continue reading Driving Home the Point: Lessons from MCC’s Roads Projects
In my nearly 15 years working at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I have seen a range of approaches to, and emphasis on, evaluation at the Agency. Now, from my perch as Director of USAID’s Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, I am an eager consumer of reports, such as this recent … Continue reading What USAID is Doing to Learn from Evidence
As mandated by the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA; P.L. 114-191), last month the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued guidance to foreign aid agencies regarding the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of assistance programs. While we and the community remain deeply concerned about drastic budget cuts to … Continue reading Kudos to OMB for Strong Evaluation Guidelines, What’s Next for Implementation?