Blog Series to Highlight MFAN’s Aid Effectiveness Recommendations for the New President and Congress


With the votes counted and the election results now in, MFAN is looking toward the next administration and Congress for opportunities to enhance U.S. development cooperation in 2017 and beyond. Recently, MFAN called for the continuation of strong, bipartisan support for robust and effective foreign assistance and outlined practical recommendations for how the next president … Continue reading Blog Series to Highlight MFAN’s Aid Effectiveness Recommendations for the New President and Congress

Congress finds bipartisan support for foreign aid and aid reform


In the course of two days last week, the U.S. Congress passed two foreign aid bills. What’s more, in the course of five months, Congress has passed three foreign aid bills! All three bills passed with strong bipartisan leadership and support. Equally important, all three bills reflect a new era of a more modernized approach … Continue reading Congress finds bipartisan support for foreign aid and aid reform

MFAN Community Shows Support for Senate Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act


This week the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the House version of the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (H.R. 3766). This legislation, sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), would codify important reforms to ensure that U.S. agencies involved in foreign assistance … Continue reading MFAN Community Shows Support for Senate Passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

Show Me the Money: How Transparency and Evaluation Can Make Aid Better


It’s no secret that foreign assistance is an invaluable part of U.S. foreign policy. Aid is a strong expression of U.S. moral, economic, and national security imperatives, and it helps advance all three. It’s also no secret that foreign assistance resources make up a tiny part of overall U.S. spending. The entire International Affairs Budget … Continue reading Show Me the Money: How Transparency and Evaluation Can Make Aid Better

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

Community Letter to Congress: Pass the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act


    Download a formatted version of the Senate letter and the House letter. *** Dear Representative: On behalf of both the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network – a coalition of international development practitioners and foreign policy experts committed to strengthening development as a key component of U.S. foreign policy – and InterAction – the largest alliance … Continue reading Community Letter to Congress: Pass the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act

U.S.-based NGOs to Appropriators: Oppose Increase to Cargo Preference Requirements


December 2, 2015 The Honorable Thad Cochran Chair Senate Appropriations Committee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Barbara Mikulski Ranking Member Senate Appropriations Committee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Harold Rogers Chairman House Appropriations Committee Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nita Lowey Ranking Member House Appropriations Committee Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairmen Cochran and Rogers and … Continue reading U.S.-based NGOs to Appropriators: Oppose Increase to Cargo Preference Requirements

MFAN Applauds Long-Awaited Confirmation of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator


November 30, 2015 WASHINGTON – Seven months since her nomination by President Obama and nearly one year since the announcement that Administrator Rajiv Shah was stepping down, MFAN is pleased to see the Senate take action today to confirm Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator. Having a permanent USAID Administrator in place for the final 14 … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Long-Awaited Confirmation of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Congress Eyes Greater Transparency in Foreign Aid, This Time the Timing Could be Right


From the perspective of both U.S. taxpayers and recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, it’s been a very positive few weeks on both sides of the Capitol. Legislation to advance greater transparency of U.S. foreign assistance programs has now been approved by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As a staff … Continue reading Congress Eyes Greater Transparency in Foreign Aid, This Time the Timing Could be Right