Welcome to MFAN’s ModernizeAid Blog


We are pleased to announce the launch of MFAN’s ModernizeAid blog – a place for lively discussion on elevating global development, modernizing foreign assistance reform, and strengthening U.S. efforts to alleviate poverty, promote economic growth, fight disease, and create opportunity in developing nations.

SFRC Bill Seeks to Strengthen USAID, Adds to Aid Reform Momentum


July 28, 2009 (WASHINGTON): MFAN commends Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), and Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jim Risch (R-ID) for introducing the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 (S.1524).

Senate Hearing Highlights Bipartisan Support for Modernizing Foreign Aid


July 22, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on foreign aid reform during which bipartisan members of the committee, including Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Minority Member Richard Lugar (R-IN), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) expressed support for revitalizing USAID and making U.S. assistance more effective. MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann was a featured panelist at the hearing.

Testimony of Rev. David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World Before SFRC Hearing


July 22, 2009 (WASHINGTON) – In his opening statement, MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann urges SFRC Chairman Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Minority Member Lugar (R-IN) to push forward with efforts to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective at alleviating poverty and hunger, fighting disease, and creating opportunity in developing countries.

Secretary Clinton Hits the Right Notes on Development


July 16, 2009 (Washington): We commend Secretary of State Clinton for her important address today at the Council on Foreign Relations, and we are particularly supportive of her inclusion of “elevate and integrate development as a core pillar of American power” and “integrate civilian and military action in conflict areas” in her list of the five foreign policy priorities of the Obama Administration. Even more important than the Secretary’s development rhetoric were her pledges of action on modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance system.

Call by Former Secretaries of State for Robust Development and Diplomacy Funding


June 25, 2009 (Washington, DC) – MFAN strongly supports the call made today by eight former Secretaries of State for Congress to provide more robust funding for development and diplomacy. The Obama Administration and Congress must also modernize the U.S. foreign assistance system – our primary mechanism for carrying out development – in order to make sure that any resources committed to these efforts are spent effectively and get into the hands of people who need help most.

House Passes Foreign Relations Authorization Act


MFAN applauds members of the House of Representatives for demonstrating their commitment to “smart power” foreign policy with yesterday’s passage of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 (H.R. 2410), which will strengthen U.S. diplomacy and development capabilities and bring better balance to U.S. efforts to engage with the world.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes State Department Authorization Bill


Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and other bipartisan Members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HCFA) deserve credit for passing H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which would provide funding for the State Department to carry out diplomacy and development programs…[and] we urge U.S. leaders to move forward with modernizing the U.S. foreign assistance system.”