MFAN Community Congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on Confirmation as USAID Administrator


Last week, the Senate unanimously approved Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the next USAID Administrator.  MFAN released a statement congratulating Amb. Green on his confirmation and urging him to prioritize aid effectiveness and to engage with Congress and the development community on the ongoing redesign effort. MFAN and our partners look forward to working with Ambassador … Continue reading MFAN Community Congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on Confirmation as USAID Administrator

Redesign Reaction: Empowering aid: The real disruptive play for U.S. foreign policy


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction The executive order on government reorganization issued by President Donald Trump in March has created an ever-growing marketplace of ideas on how to structure the U.S. development enterprise to maximize its effectiveness and efficiency. The U.S. … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Empowering aid: The real disruptive play for U.S. foreign policy

Redesign Reaction: It’s Time to Simplify and Rationalize Aid


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction The recent discussion draft “A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose” by MFAN Co-Chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette provides a comprehensive and thought provoking blueprint for elevating development as … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: It’s Time to Simplify and Rationalize Aid

MFAN Testimony on Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations


Download a PDF version of the testimony here. *** Written Testimony of Didier Trinh, Executive Director, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs 2 June 2017 Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Leahy, and Members of the Committee: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, thank you for the … Continue reading MFAN Testimony on Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations

Mark Green’s Nomination Receives Bipartisan Welcome During Confirmation Hearing


The Trump Administration’s nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the next USAID Administrator has received strong bipartisan support from Congress. Invited representatives from Amb. Green’s home state of Wisconsin, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, lauded Green for his depth of experience, knowledge, and qualifications during his nomination hearing last Thursday. Many … Continue reading Mark Green’s Nomination Receives Bipartisan Welcome During Confirmation Hearing

MFAN Community Urges Congress to Resist Deep Cuts to International Affairs Budget


On May 23rd, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. The request reduces funding for the State Department and USAID by 31 percent. The administration claims the cuts will make these agencies “leaner, more efficient, and more effective.” However, a recent statement by the MFAN co-chairs warns that such deep cuts … Continue reading MFAN Community Urges Congress to Resist Deep Cuts to International Affairs Budget

More Than 100 Endorsers Agree: Effectiveness Principles Should Guide Foreign Aid Reform


Reforms to U.S. foreign assistance should be conducted jointly by Congress and the Administration – in consultation with the development community – and guided by these principles, a comprehensive review of U.S. efforts, and a coherent Global Development Strategy. Foreign assistance is vital to advancing U.S. interests – promoting security, economic opportunity, and our moral … Continue reading More Than 100 Endorsers Agree: Effectiveness Principles Should Guide Foreign Aid Reform

MFAN Community Applauds Nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to be USAID Administrator


This week, President Trump nominated Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the next USAID Administrator. MFAN released a statement welcoming the pick, as Amb. Green has extensive experience as both a former member of Congress and Ambassador to Tanzania.  Green currently serves as the President of the International Republican Institute which works to advance democracy … Continue reading MFAN Community Applauds Nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to be USAID Administrator

Testimony: Honorary Co-Chair Jim Kolbe on the Role of Private Sector in Development


Download the full version of the testimony here. *** Hearing: International Development: Value Added Through Private Sector Engagement Testimony of Jim Kolbe, Senate Foreign Relations Committee 4 May 2017 Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Cardin, and members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify today. This is a timely topic, as we consider … Continue reading Testimony: Honorary Co-Chair Jim Kolbe on the Role of Private Sector in Development

Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World


Since the end of World War II, U.S. foreign policy has relied on the three distinct policy tools: defense, diplomacy and development. These three Ds have worked together to develop mutually reinforcing strategies that have enjoyed strong bipartisan support for over 70 years. Continued U.S. leadership across the globe is not only a moral imperative … Continue reading Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World