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

MFAN & Plan Event: PEPFAR and Sustainability: Lessons Learned | 1/21, 2:00PM @ National Press Club


PEPFAR and Sustainability: Lessons Learned Join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) and Plan International for a discussion of PEPFAR’s approach to sustainability and country transitions, and what changes are in motion for 2016. Featuring a Keynote Address by: Ambassador Deborah L. Birx U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Thursday, January 21, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 pm The … Continue reading MFAN & Plan Event: PEPFAR and Sustainability: Lessons Learned | 1/21, 2:00PM @ National Press Club

Revenue transparency complements aid transparency


Improving foreign aid accountability, especially through transparency, monitoring and evaluation, has been the hallmark of The Lugar Center’s (TLC) work in Foreign Aid Effectiveness and in partnership with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). Knowing–and publicizing–just how much assistance is going where, and gaining honest measurements of its impact are vital to making foreign aid … Continue reading Revenue transparency complements aid transparency

Glazing Eyes But Warming Hearts


  No, it’s not a hot toddy – it’s the State Department’s Foreign Assistance Data Review, quietly released last week.  Unless you’re a data geek, this is not a report you’ll want to curl up in front of the fire with.  It’s the kind of thing that makes one’s eyes glaze over, but a sober … Continue reading Glazing Eyes But Warming Hearts

Making U.S. Foreign Aid Not-So-Foreign: Taking Stock of Our Aid Transparency Progress


  The end of 2015 marks an important milestone for the U.S. government’s efforts to increase foreign aid transparency: in 2011 on the eve of the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, the U.S. pledged to publish foreign aid data in the internationally agreed upon standard with a goal for … Continue reading Making U.S. Foreign Aid Not-So-Foreign: Taking Stock of Our Aid Transparency Progress

Letter to USAID Administrator Gayle Smith: Priorities for 2016


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** December 18, 2015 The Honorable Gayle Smith Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development Ronald Reagan Building Washington, D.C. 20523 Attn: Ms. Michele Sumilas Dear Gayle: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), we wish to congratulate you once again on your confirmation as Administrator … Continue reading Letter to USAID Administrator Gayle Smith: Priorities for 2016

MFAN Community Reacts to House Passage of Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


Less than three months after being introduced, the House of Representatives passed the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 3766). This bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) would codify important reforms to ensure that U.S. agencies involved in foreign assistance are doing rigorous and consistent monitoring … Continue reading MFAN Community Reacts to House Passage of Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

MFAN Letter to MCC CEO Dana Hyde: Priorities for MCC’s Five-Year Strategic Plan


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** December 4, 2015 The Honorable Dana J. Hyde Chief Executive Officer Millennium Challenge Corporation 875 15th St NW Washington, DC 20005 Attn: Ms. Beth Tritter Dear Ms. Hyde: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), thank you for your continued leadership to advance effective … Continue reading MFAN Letter to MCC CEO Dana Hyde: Priorities for MCC’s Five-Year Strategic Plan

Community Letter to Congress: Pass the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act


    Download a formatted version of the Senate letter and the House letter. *** Dear Representative: On behalf of both the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network – a coalition of international development practitioners and foreign policy experts committed to strengthening development as a key component of U.S. foreign policy – and InterAction – the largest alliance … Continue reading Community Letter to Congress: Pass the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act

Development Community Warmly Welcomes Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator


Seven months after her nomination, the Senate confirmed MFAN Co-Founder Gayle Smith as the next USAID Administrator on Monday with a vote of 79-7. The long-awaited confirmation vote was met with enthusiasm from our network. See below for a round-up of statements and blogs from MFAN partners welcoming Gayle Smith to her new post: George Ingram, … Continue reading Development Community Warmly Welcomes Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator