Authors of Six Major Aid Proposals Release Unified Plan for State Department and USAID Redesign


October 20, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered by the Co-Chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette. The MFAN Co-Chairs, along with the authors of five other State Department and USAID redesign proposals, have released a unified plan on how the reorganization effort can build on a bipartisan legacy of … Continue reading Authors of Six Major Aid Proposals Release Unified Plan for State Department and USAID Redesign

Now More Than 170 Endorsers Agree: Effectiveness Principles Should Guide Foreign Aid Reform


September 26, 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 we relaunch MFAN’s Guiding Principles for Effective Foreign Assistance with over 170 endorsements from a wide-ranging and bipartisan group of organizations and prominent individuals.  These principles, which … Continue reading Now More Than 170 Endorsers Agree: Effectiveness Principles Should Guide Foreign Aid Reform

Bipartisan READ Act Advances Important Aid Effectiveness Principles


September 20, 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 MFAN is pleased to see that the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act (READ Act, PL 115-56), which was signed by President Trump as part of a Continuing … Continue reading Bipartisan READ Act Advances Important Aid Effectiveness Principles

MFAN Applauds Congressional Leadership on Reorganization and Aid Effectiveness in Fiscal Year 2018 Spending Bills


September 18, 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. MFAN is pleased to see multiple aid effectiveness provisions included in Senate and House State and Foreign Operations (SFOPs) Appropriations bills which were recently approved in the Senate Appropriations … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Congressional Leadership on Reorganization and Aid Effectiveness in Fiscal Year 2018 Spending Bills

MFAN Welcomes Close Look at State Department Special Envoy Positions


September 8, 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. MFAN is encouraged by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recently outlined plans in a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) to streamline the Department’s special envoy … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes Close Look at State Department Special Envoy Positions

MFAN Congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on Confirmation as USAID Administrator


August 3, 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. The MFAN network congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on his confirmation to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The Senate approved the nominee unanimously. … Continue reading MFAN Congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on Confirmation as USAID Administrator

MFAN Co-Chairs Unveil Bold Aid Architecture Reforms in New Draft Proposal


July 10, 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, the MFAN Co-Chairs launched a bold, forward-looking Discussion Draft: A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose.  This proposal is intended to inform ongoing efforts around potential reform … Continue reading MFAN Co-Chairs Unveil Bold Aid Architecture Reforms in New Draft Proposal

MFAN Pleased to Welcome Two New Coalition Members


June 23, 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. MFAN is pleased to welcome Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Lester Munson, former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, to the reform coalition.  Lester Munson and CRS’s Bill O’Keefe, Vice … Continue reading MFAN Pleased to Welcome Two New Coalition Members

The Senate Should Move Quickly to Confirm Mark Green as USAID Administrator


June 21, 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. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to consider the nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the next Administrator of the U.S. … Continue reading The Senate Should Move Quickly to Confirm Mark Green as USAID Administrator

MFAN Welcomes Tessie San Martin of Plan International USA as New Co-Chair


June 12, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette. The MFAN co-chairs are delighted to welcome Dr. Tessie San Martin to MFAN’s leadership circle.  Tessie has led Plan International USA as President and CEO since 2010.  Tessie brings a wealth of … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes Tessie San Martin of Plan International USA as New Co-Chair