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

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

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

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

A Win for Aid Effectiveness: House Passes Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


December 8, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette Today the House of Representatives overwhelmingly demonstrated bipartisan commitment to making U.S. foreign assistance more accountable by passing the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. … Continue reading A Win for Aid Effectiveness: House Passes Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

U.S.-based NGOs to Appropriators: Oppose Increase to Cargo Preference Requirements


December 2, 2015 The Honorable Thad Cochran Chair Senate Appropriations Committee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Barbara Mikulski Ranking Member Senate Appropriations Committee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Harold Rogers Chairman House Appropriations Committee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nita Lowey Ranking Member House Appropriations Committee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairmen Cochran and Rogers and … Continue reading U.S.-based NGOs to Appropriators: Oppose Increase to Cargo Preference Requirements

Congress Eyes Greater Transparency in Foreign Aid, This Time the Timing Could be Right


From the perspective of both U.S. taxpayers and recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, it’s been a very positive few weeks on both sides of the Capitol. Legislation to advance greater transparency of U.S. foreign assistance programs has now been approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As a staff … Continue reading Congress Eyes Greater Transparency in Foreign Aid, This Time the Timing Could be Right

U.S.-based NGOs Response to Food Aid Cargo Preference Hearing


November 19, 2015 NGO Response to the Joint Hearing of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture of the Committee on Agriculture and the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure As international development organizations addressing global hunger and malnutrition, we are deeply concerned by the misleading information … Continue reading U.S.-based NGOs Response to Food Aid Cargo Preference Hearing

Letter to Secretary Kerry: Support the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act


November 11, 2015 The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State Washington, DC 20520 Dear Mr. Secretary: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), a coalition of international development practitioners and foreign policy experts committed to strengthening development as a key component of U.S. foreign policy, we are writing … Continue reading Letter to Secretary Kerry: Support the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act