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

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

ACCOUNTdown Reviews USAID Effectiveness to Build for Future


Recently, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) launched the ACCOUNTdown campaign and scorecard to push for greater aid effectiveness reform by the Obama Administration.  ACCOUNTdown focuses on the U.S. government’s progress to strengthening its international development programs’ accountability and country ownership. The ACCOUNTdown report highlighted a range of improvements by various U.S. development agencies and … Continue reading ACCOUNTdown Reviews USAID Effectiveness to Build for Future

Want to Know What We Got for Our Money? MCC’s Telling Us.


In this space back in February, I suggested a list of ways for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to advance its thought leadership and boost its development effectiveness.  One of those ideas was to conduct “after-action reviews” to provide an honest look at what did (or didn’t) happen during a compact, why (or why not), … Continue reading Want to Know What We Got for Our Money? MCC’s Telling Us.

Making Aid Transparency a Reality


See below for a guest post from George Ingram, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and MFAN Co-Chair. This piece originally appeared on the Brookings blog on February 11. *** With many development organizations, both government and non-government, working to introduce greater transparency—in data, policy formulation, and program assessment—it is an important time for the development community to … Continue reading Making Aid Transparency a Reality