House Appropriators Defend International Affairs Budget with Room for Improvement on Aid Effectiveness


May 16, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has crafted a State and Foreign Operations budget that rejects the Trump … Continue reading House Appropriators Defend International Affairs Budget with Room for Improvement on Aid Effectiveness

MFAN Applauds Senate Action on Leadership for the Millennium Challenge Corporation


May 2, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network applauds the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for its bipartisan approval today of Sean Cairncross, nominated for Chief Executive Officer at the Millennium Challenge … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Senate Action on Leadership for the Millennium Challenge Corporation

President Trump’s Attempt to Block Aid to Central America Reflects Ineffective Use of American Resources, Influence


April 2, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is concerned by President Donald Trump’s decision to block aid to three Central American countries. U.S. foreign assistance is a tool that advances American … Continue reading President Trump’s Attempt to Block Aid to Central America Reflects Ineffective Use of American Resources, Influence

Plan for New U.S. Development Finance Corporation Includes Strong Role for Development


March 14, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that the Trump Administration’s plan for the new Development Finance Corporation prioritizes linkages with USAID, a strong Chief Development Officer role, … Continue reading Plan for New U.S. Development Finance Corporation Includes Strong Role for Development

Trump Administration Again Slashes Resources for Effective Development and Diplomacy


March 12, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. MFAN is alarmed for the third consecutive year by the Trump administration’s massive proposed cuts to the U.S. foreign affairs budget. Yesterday, the President released his budget request to … Continue reading Trump Administration Again Slashes Resources for Effective Development and Diplomacy

Congress Once Again Champions Strong Development and Diplomacy in Final FY19 Spending Bill


February 19, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that Congress has overcome gridlock to pass the State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) FY19 appropriations that rejects the Trump administration’s proposed … Continue reading Congress Once Again Champions Strong Development and Diplomacy in Final FY19 Spending Bill

MFAN Applauds First Congressional Clearance on USAID Restructuring and Encourages Further Action


February 13, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network applauds Congress for clearing the first of nine Congressional Notifications (CN) detailing the proposed reorganization and restructuring of the United States Agency for … Continue reading MFAN Applauds First Congressional Clearance on USAID Restructuring and Encourages Further Action

MFAN Joins Congress in Calling for Foreign Aid Transparency Progress Report


December 13, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network thanks eight congressional leaders and joins them in calling on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to report on … Continue reading MFAN Joins Congress in Calling for Foreign Aid Transparency Progress Report

Co-Chairs Thank Stephanie Cappa, Deputy Director & Senior Policy Advisor, for Four Outstanding Years at MFAN


December 5, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network offers its sincerest thanks to Stephanie Cappa, Deputy Director & Senior Policy Advisor, for her four tremendous years at MFAN and her leadership … Continue reading Co-Chairs Thank Stephanie Cappa, Deputy Director & Senior Policy Advisor, for Four Outstanding Years at MFAN

Trump Administration Misses Deadline to Consolidate Aid Data


October 4, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. Unfortunately, the October 1, 2018 date set by The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA) of 2016 for the State Department and USAID to consolidate data collection … Continue reading Trump Administration Misses Deadline to Consolidate Aid Data