Optimism from MCC, USAID, & State on Evaluation & Learning


In a time of uncertain budgets, redesign, and shifting leadership, the foreign assistance and evaluation communities have some positive developments to embrace. The new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of foreign assistance show the Administration clearly understands and supports the value of M&E. The leading foreign assistance agencies … Continue reading Optimism from MCC, USAID, & State on Evaluation & Learning

Driving Home the Point: Lessons from MCC’s Roads Projects


MFAN and The Lugar Center’s recently released study emphasizes the need to translate evaluations into learning for better development impact. One of the report’s recommendations specifically calls on agencies to “work to cluster and synthesize evaluations findings by sector.” With Lessons from MCC’s Investments in Roads, MCC has done just that, drawing on experience from road projects … Continue reading Driving Home the Point: Lessons from MCC’s Roads Projects

Community Rallies Behind MFAN Effectiveness Principles


Since the Trump Administration announced its intentions to reorganize the federal government – including the State Department and USAID – MFAN has garnered broad support from the development community to ensure that the redesign effort enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of U.S. foreign assistance. In May, MFAN put forth five Guiding Principles for Effective U.S. … Continue reading Community Rallies Behind MFAN Effectiveness Principles

New Study from MFAN and TLC Finds Evaluation Quality on the Rise, But Barriers to Use Remain


December 5, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette. Today MFAN and The Lugar Center release a new study, From Evidence to Learning: Recommendations to Improve U.S. Foreign Assistance Evaluation, examining the evaluation policies and practices of the … Continue reading New Study from MFAN and TLC Finds Evaluation Quality on the Rise, But Barriers to Use Remain

Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency


The Trump Administration’s call for a reorganization of the federal government has many fearful that this exercise will follow in the footsteps of the steep proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2018. Yet MFAN has seen this as an opportunity to provide ideas for principled and rational reform of our aid architecture.  A number of … Continue reading Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency

Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction On July 10th, the co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) published a proposal for structural aid reforms, A Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose. These thoughtful and ambitious recommendations show a concrete path … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development

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 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

MFAN Partners Break New Ground in Measuring Aid Impact


One theme received more attention than anticipated during newly-confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – the effectiveness of foreign aid.  Over a dozen Senators questioned Tillerson on issues including transparency and accountability as well as specific initiatives like PEPFAR, Feed the Future, and Power Africa. In … Continue reading MFAN Partners Break New Ground in Measuring Aid Impact