The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act is Law! Now What?


President Obama recently signed the Foreign Aid Accountability and Transparency Act, a bipartisan bill that will help to increase the accountability of U.S. foreign assistance resources so that they can be tracked, measured, and allocated to have the most impact. As one of our top priorities from our ACCOUNTdown to 2017 campaign, we’re thrilled to … Continue reading The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act is Law! Now What?

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

With Final Budget Request, Obama Administration Gives Nod to Effective Foreign Assistance


February 10, 2016 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette: This week President Obama submitted his $4.1 trillion budget request to Congress for FY17, which includes $54.1 billion for the International Affairs Budget, including $39.3 billion in base funding … Continue reading With Final Budget Request, Obama Administration Gives Nod to Effective Foreign Assistance

PEPFAR will need leadership and signposts on its path to sustainability


PEPFAR’s success as an emergency health program is unquestionable and (in many respects) unparalleled.  As Amanda Glassman recently noted, the number of people receiving HIV/AIDS treatment in low and middle income countries has gone from 300,000 in 2003 to almost 14 million in 2015 – and about half of this is supported by the US … Continue reading PEPFAR will need leadership and signposts on its path to sustainability

MFAN and Plan Host U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Birx to Discuss PEPFAR’s Sustainability Agenda


WASHINGTON, January 20, 2016 – On Thursday, January 21st, MFAN and Plan International USA will host U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx for a keynote address, followed by a panel of development experts for a discussion of The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) Sustainability … Continue reading MFAN and Plan Host U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Birx to Discuss PEPFAR’s Sustainability Agenda

MFAN & Plan Event: PEPFAR and Sustainability: Lessons Learned | 1/21, 2:00PM @ National Press Club


PEPFAR and Sustainability: Lessons Learned Join the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) and Plan International for a discussion of PEPFAR’s approach to sustainability and country transitions, and what changes are in motion for 2016. Featuring a Keynote Address by: Ambassador Deborah L. Birx U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Thursday, January 21, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 pm The … Continue reading MFAN & Plan Event: PEPFAR and Sustainability: Lessons Learned | 1/21, 2:00PM @ National Press Club

Revenue transparency complements aid transparency


Improving foreign aid accountability, especially through transparency, monitoring and evaluation, has been the hallmark of The Lugar Center’s (TLC) work in Foreign Aid Effectiveness and in partnership with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). Knowing–and publicizing–just how much assistance is going where, and gaining honest measurements of its impact are vital to making foreign aid … Continue reading Revenue transparency complements aid transparency

Glazing Eyes But Warming Hearts


  No, it’s not a hot toddy – it’s the State Department’s Foreign Assistance Data Review, quietly released last week.  Unless you’re a data geek, this is not a report you’ll want to curl up in front of the fire with.  It’s the kind of thing that makes one’s eyes glaze over, but a sober … Continue reading Glazing Eyes But Warming Hearts

Making U.S. Foreign Aid Not-So-Foreign: Taking Stock of Our Aid Transparency Progress


  The end of 2015 marks an important milestone for the U.S. government’s efforts to increase foreign aid transparency: in 2011 on the eve of the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, the U.S. pledged to publish foreign aid data in the internationally agreed upon standard with a goal for … Continue reading Making U.S. Foreign Aid Not-So-Foreign: Taking Stock of Our Aid Transparency Progress