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

Improving Ownership in US Foreign Assistance


For over a decade, donors and developing countries alike have embraced the notion that “country ownership” should be central to the way aid is designed and delivered. Ownership is widely considered critical for achieving and sustaining program results, building local capacity to help countries transition from aid, and strengthening the citizen-state compact by shifting accountability … Continue reading Improving Ownership in US Foreign Assistance

U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward


Over the past decade aid transparency has moved from being a little-known concept to the norm. The value of making timely and accurate aid data publicly available is now widely accepted as essential to good decision-making. Good data is the foundation of rigorous monitoring and real-time feedback, and is at the heart of transparency and … Continue reading U.S. aid transparency: Looking back but pressing forward

In Developing Countries, Taxes Are an Opportunity for Growth


Millennium Challenge Corporation Chief Executive Officer Dana J. Hyde gave keynote remarks today at MFAN’s event on The United States and the Future of Development Financing, where she discussed how U.S. investments support developing countries in their effort to transparently raise and spend their own funds on much-needed infrastructure and public services for their people. … Continue reading In Developing Countries, Taxes Are an Opportunity for Growth

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

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