Congress finds bipartisan support for foreign aid and aid reform


In the course of two days last week, the U.S. Congress passed two foreign aid bills. What’s more, in the course of five months, Congress has passed three foreign aid bills! All three bills passed with strong bipartisan leadership and support. Equally important, all three bills reflect a new era of a more modernized approach … Continue reading Congress finds bipartisan support for foreign aid and aid reform

MFAN Network Celebrates Final Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


This week the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). The bill was also unanimously approved by the Senate last week and is now headed to President Obama to be signed into law.  This legislation, sponsored by Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and … Continue reading MFAN Network Celebrates Final Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

MFAN Community Shows Support for Senate Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


This week the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the House version of the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). This legislation, sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), would codify important reforms to ensure that U.S. agencies involved in foreign assistance … Continue reading MFAN Community Shows Support for Senate Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

Show Me the Money: How Transparency and Evaluation Can Make Aid Better


It’s no secret that foreign assistance is an invaluable part of U.S. foreign policy. Aid is a strong expression of U.S. moral, economic, and national security imperatives, and it helps advance all three. It’s also no secret that foreign assistance resources make up a tiny part of overall U.S. spending. The entire International Affairs Budget … Continue reading Show Me the Money: How Transparency and Evaluation Can Make Aid Better

New Study Reaffirms Investments Can Yield Convincing Development Returns


Last July, the Financing for Development Conference in Ethiopia saw more than 30 donor and developing nations come together to recognize domestic resource mobilization (DRM), and the role that it can play in making global development truly sustainable. Through the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI), key donors, including the United States, enthusiastically endorsed DRM and pledged … Continue reading New Study Reaffirms Investments Can Yield Convincing Development Returns

USAID’s Ex-Post Evaluations Identified Programs That Really Worked


The concept of ex-post evaluation is simple and powerful: to identify the programs that delivered lasting benefits. Not only what were the results while millions in donor aid were being invested, but what were the results two, three or five years later? Were the local government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and communities able to maintain the … Continue reading USAID’s Ex-Post Evaluations Identified Programs That Really Worked

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