Redesign Reactions: What’s Next for the State Department and USAID?


Since the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo on government reorganization in April, MFAN has helped foster a public conversation about how a redesign can and should enhance the effectiveness, accountability, and impact of our foreign assistance. MFAN recently re-released Guiding Principles for Effective U.S. Assistance, which assert that any … Continue reading Redesign Reactions: What’s Next for the State Department and USAID?

Recent Redesign Proposals Converge on 10 Priorities for Reform


Recently a number of distinguished thinkers – including MFAN’s Co-Chairs – have published recommendations for upgrading the U.S. diplomacy and development architecture. To inform the administration and Congress as they consider redesign options, below is an analysis of these proposals that identifies ten common priorities for reform. Taken together, these ten recommendations would strengthen the … Continue reading Recent Redesign Proposals Converge on 10 Priorities for Reform

Redesign Reaction: Getting to the nitty gritty to make the most of foreign aid


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction Based on several decades of work in the foreign assistance field, I have a lot of unanswered questions, but one thing I know for certain:  foreign aid types – proponents and opponents – just … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Getting to the nitty gritty to make the most of foreign aid

Redesign Data: Dueling Dashboards


The potential redesign of both the State Department and USAID – and their relationship to each other in managing U.S. foreign assistance – is the topic of much discussion and ideas.  How our foreign assistance is delivered, by whom, and with what objective is all part of debate.  Some of the ideas are big, such … Continue reading Redesign Data: Dueling Dashboards

Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency


The Trump Administration’s call for a reorganization of the federal government has many fearful that this exercise will follow in the footsteps of the steep proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2018. Yet MFAN has seen this as an opportunity to provide ideas for principled and rational reform of our aid architecture.  A number of … Continue reading Redesign Consensus: Development Community Defends Independent Lead Aid Agency

Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction On July 10th, the co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) published a proposal for structural aid reforms, A Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose. These thoughtful and ambitious recommendations show a concrete path … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Reinventing Our Institutions for the Future of Global Development

Redesign Reaction: Empowering aid: The real disruptive play for U.S. foreign policy


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction The executive order on government reorganization issued by President Donald Trump in March has created an ever-growing marketplace of ideas on how to structure the U.S. development enterprise to maximize its effectiveness and efficiency. The U.S. … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Empowering aid: The real disruptive play for U.S. foreign policy

Redesign Reaction: It’s Time to Simplify and Rationalize Aid


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction The recent discussion draft “A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose” by MFAN Co-Chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette provides a comprehensive and thought provoking blueprint for elevating development as … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: It’s Time to Simplify and Rationalize Aid

MFAN Community Urges Congress to Resist Deep Cuts to International Affairs Budget


On May 23rd, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. The request reduces funding for the State Department and USAID by 31 percent. The administration claims the cuts will make these agencies “leaner, more efficient, and more effective.” However, a recent statement by the MFAN co-chairs warns that such deep cuts … Continue reading MFAN Community Urges Congress to Resist Deep Cuts to International Affairs Budget

Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World


Since the end of World War II, U.S. foreign policy has relied on the three distinct policy tools: defense, diplomacy and development. These three Ds have worked together to develop mutually reinforcing strategies that have enjoyed strong bipartisan support for over 70 years. Continued U.S. leadership across the globe is not only a moral imperative … Continue reading Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World