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

More Than 100 Endorsers Agree: Effectiveness Principles Should Guide Foreign Aid Reform


June 9, 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. With over 100 organizations and prominent individuals having signed on to MFAN’s Guiding Principles for Effective Foreign Assistance, this widely-endorsed statement reinforces the need for a principled … Continue reading More Than 100 Endorsers Agree: Effectiveness Principles Should Guide Foreign Aid Reform

MFAN Welcomes Strong Reform Elements of the Bipartisan Economic Growth and Development Act


May 30, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette MFAN welcomes the aid effectiveness principles embedded in the Economic Growth and Development Act (H.R. 2747 & S. 1274), which was introduced last week in the House by Representatives Ted … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes Strong Reform Elements of the Bipartisan Economic Growth and Development Act

Trump Administration FY18 Budget Request Undermines Accountability of Foreign Assistance and Weakens America’s Global Standing


May 24, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette. The Trump Administration has released its fiscal year 2018 budget proposal that would slash funding for the State Department and The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by one-third – 32 … Continue reading Trump Administration FY18 Budget Request Undermines Accountability of Foreign Assistance and Weakens America’s Global Standing

MFAN Launches Guiding Principles of Effective Assistance, the Right Way to Reform


May 19, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette. Today, MFAN released a set of Guiding Principles of Effective Assistance that lays out unequivocal standards for reform.  MFAN has asserted that any reorganization effort must increase – not undermine … Continue reading MFAN Launches Guiding Principles of Effective Assistance, the Right Way to Reform

MFAN Applauds Congress for FY17 Spending Bill Language Requiring Report to Congress on Any Reorganization Effort


May 15, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette. MFAN is encouraged by the language included in the FY17 Omnibus that requires the Trump Administration to report to Congress on any efforts to reorganize the State Department and USAID.  … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Congress for FY17 Spending Bill Language Requiring Report to Congress on Any Reorganization Effort

MFAN Welcomes Nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to be USAID Administrator


May 11, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette. MFAN welcomes the nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the next Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Permanent leadership at the U.S. government’s lead development … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes Nomination of Ambassador Mark Green to be USAID Administrator

Aid Effectiveness Takes a Big Hit in Trump Administration’s Leaked Budget


May 1, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette. The leaked details of the Trump Administration’s budget proposal appear to confirm plans to slash diplomacy and development funding, putting our security at home and U.S. leadership abroad at risk.  … Continue reading Aid Effectiveness Takes a Big Hit in Trump Administration’s Leaked Budget

Trump Administration’s Reorganization Efforts Are the Wrong Approach for Aid Reform


April 20, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette. MFAN is alarmed by reports of White House efforts to overhaul the foreign policy components of the federal government, which would have the potential to completely eliminate agencies and drastically … Continue reading Trump Administration’s Reorganization Efforts Are the Wrong Approach for Aid Reform

Sens. Isakson and Coons Lead Senate Expansion of Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance


March 28, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram and Connie Veillette. Last week, the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance announced its expansion to the Senate under the leadership of Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Chris Coons (D-DE).  They join new … Continue reading Sens. Isakson and Coons Lead Senate Expansion of Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance