Letter to USAID Administrator Gayle Smith on revised ADS guidance


Download a formatted version of the letter here. September 29, 2016 The Honorable Gayle Smith Administrator U.S. Agency for International Development Ronald Reagan Building Washington, D.C. 20523 Attn: Ms. Michele Sumilas Dear Administrator Smith: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), we are writing to follow up on our March 2016 letter and … Continue reading Letter to USAID Administrator Gayle Smith on revised ADS guidance

The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act is Law! Now What?


President Obama recently signed the Foreign Aid Accountability and Transparency Act, a bipartisan bill that will help to increase the accountability of U.S. foreign assistance resources so that they can be tracked, measured, and allocated to have the most impact. As one of our top priorities from our ACCOUNTdown to 2017 campaign, we’re thrilled to … Continue reading The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act is Law! Now What?

New Study Reaffirms Investments Can Yield Convincing Development Returns


Last July, the Financing for Development Conference in Ethiopia saw more than 30 donor and developing nations come together to recognize domestic resource mobilization (DRM), and the role that it can play in making global development truly sustainable. Through the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI), key donors, including the United States, enthusiastically endorsed DRM and pledged … Continue reading New Study Reaffirms Investments Can Yield Convincing Development Returns

USAID’s Ex-Post Evaluations Identified Programs That Really Worked


The concept of ex-post evaluation is simple and powerful: to identify the programs that delivered lasting benefits. Not only what were the results while millions in donor aid were being invested, but what were the results two, three or five years later? Were the local government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and communities able to maintain the … Continue reading USAID’s Ex-Post Evaluations Identified Programs That Really Worked

USAID Didn’t Hit Its 30 Percent Target for Local Solutions – Here’s Why I’m Still Cheering


In what has become an annual spring rite, USAID recently released its latest round of USAID Forward data. USAID Forward is a series of reforms designed to bolster the Agency’s operational capacity around delivering results, pursuing partnerships, and promoting innovation. A key element of this reform initiative is Local Solutions (formerly known as Implementation and … Continue reading USAID Didn’t Hit Its 30 Percent Target for Local Solutions – Here’s Why I’m Still Cheering

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

With Final Budget Request, Obama Administration Gives Nod to Effective Foreign Assistance


February 10, 2016 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette: This week President Obama submitted his $4.1 trillion budget request to Congress for FY17, which includes $54.1 billion for the International Affairs Budget, including $39.3 billion in base funding … Continue reading With Final Budget Request, Obama Administration Gives Nod to Effective Foreign Assistance

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