USAID Didn’t Hit Its 30 Percent Target for Local Solutions – Here’s Why I’m Still Cheering


In what has become an annual spring rite, USAID recently released its latest round of USAID Forward data. USAID Forward is a series of reforms designed to bolster the Agency’s operational capacity around delivering results, pursuing partnerships, and promoting innovation. A key element of this reform initiative is Local Solutions (formerly known as Implementation and … Continue reading USAID Didn’t Hit Its 30 Percent Target for Local Solutions – Here’s Why I’m Still Cheering

Letter to USAID: Establish Specific Indicators for Country Ownership


Note: For more on MFAN’s work on measuring country ownership, see our paper Metrics for Implementing Country Ownership Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** April 29, 2016 Susan Reichle Counselor to the Agency Wade Warren Assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) U.S. Agency for International Development Ronald Reagan Building … Continue reading Letter to USAID: Establish Specific Indicators for Country Ownership

Letter to House Committee on Armed Services on FY2017 NDAA


Download a formatted version of the Senate letter and the House letter. *** April 26, 2016 The Honorable Mac Thornberry Chairman Committee on Armed Services United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Adam Smith Ranking Member Committee on Armed Services United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Thornberry and … Continue reading Letter to House Committee on Armed Services on FY2017 NDAA

Letter to USAID Administrator Gayle Smith: ADS Revisions


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** March 21, 2016 The Honorable Gayle Smith Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development Ronald Reagan Building Washington, D.C. 20523 Attn: Ms. Michele Sumilas Dear Administrator Smith: As you know, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) stands ready to work with you to ensure the reforms initiated … Continue reading Letter to USAID Administrator Gayle Smith: ADS Revisions

Event – ACCOUNTdown to 2017: Strengthening a Bipartisan Legacy of Aid Effectiveness


Please join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) for a discussion on how Congress and the Administration can advance aid effectiveness Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 am Russell Senate Office Building – Room 485 Introductory Remarks by: The Honorable Jim Kolbe Former Congressman from Arizona, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, The German Marshall Fund & … Continue reading Event – ACCOUNTdown to 2017: Strengthening a Bipartisan Legacy of Aid Effectiveness

Why Taxes Matter in Africa


Sometime in the next month or so, I’m going to sit down at my dining room table, open up a file folder stuffed with paper, and double-click on TurboTax. Then, like most Americans, I’m going to fill out forms that connect me to my government – forms that create a connection stronger, perhaps, than a … Continue reading Why Taxes Matter in Africa

MCC: Taking Stock and Moving Forward


First, a confession: when President Bush first proposed the creation of a Millennium Challenge Account in 2002, I thought it was a secret plot to undermine USAID.  When I first met staff of the newly-created Millennium Challenge Corporation, I saw them as egghead economists who didn’t have a clue about the real world of development.  … Continue reading MCC: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

InterAction’s NGO Aid Map Publishes 11,500+ Projects to IATI — And Counting


Starting today, NGO Aid Map will begin publishing its data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative(IATI). This means the addition of data from more than 100 InterAction member organizations with thousands of projects, spanning almost all countries and sectors. NGO Aid Map data will be published daily so there is little to no delay between the time we get … Continue reading InterAction’s NGO Aid Map Publishes 11,500+ Projects to IATI — And Counting

PEPFAR will need leadership and signposts on its path to sustainability


PEPFAR’s success as an emergency health program is unquestionable and (in many respects) unparalleled.  As Amanda Glassman recently noted, the number of people receiving HIV/AIDS treatment in low and middle income countries has gone from 300,000 in 2003 to almost 14 million in 2015 – and about half of this is supported by the US … Continue reading PEPFAR will need leadership and signposts on its path to sustainability