On Evaluations, State Steps Up to the Plate


The State Department is accustomed to taking physical risks.  Political risks, not so much. Foreign Service Officers work in all the world’s most dangerous and difficult places.  They promote judicial and security sector reform to prevent conflict, join with the international community to protect refugees during crises, and support reconstruction and stabilization once violence abates.  … Continue reading On Evaluations, State Steps Up to the Plate

Round-up: Community Welcomes News of the Nomination of Gayle Smith as Next USAID Administrator


President Obama announced this week that Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the National Security Council, has been nominated as the next USAID Administrator. We are pleased to see the White House nominate a strong and experienced leader to take the helm at USAID. See below … Continue reading Round-up: Community Welcomes News of the Nomination of Gayle Smith as Next USAID Administrator

MFAN Welcomes Second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review


April 29, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette: Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the release of the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. MFAN welcomes the new QDDR and is pleased to see a strong … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes Second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

Broad Coalition Calls for Urgent Food Aid Reforms for Efficiency, Effectiveness


As a diverse coalition from the nonprofit sector, we are strongly in favor of U.S. food assistance that delivers results faster, more effectively, and more efficiently. We applaud the leadership of the Chair and Ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senators Bob Corker and Ben Cardin, for elevating the importance of the life-saving … Continue reading Broad Coalition Calls for Urgent Food Aid Reforms for Efficiency, Effectiveness

MFAN Welcomes Dr. Patricia Morris, President of Women Thrive Worldwide, as the Newest Executive Committee Member


March 13, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette MFAN is pleased to welcome Dr. Patricia Morris, President of Women Thrive Worldwide, as the newest member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Morris joined Women Thrive in January, … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes Dr. Patricia Morris, President of Women Thrive Worldwide, as the Newest Executive Committee Member

What We Learned: Looking Back at “Do More with Data”


Last week, MFAN and AidData, in cooperation with the State Department and USAID, hosted Do More with Data: Moving U.S. Government Aid Transparency Forward, an event that brought together internal and external drivers of U.S. government foreign assistance transparency to explore ongoing and new efforts for making data more readily available for more people. Following … Continue reading What We Learned: Looking Back at “Do More with Data”

Questions for Congressional Consideration: Our Budget Hearing Wish List


See below for a post by MFAN Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette. *** Beginning this week, Congress will be calling administration officials up to Capitol Hill to answer questions about the President’s FY2016 Budget Request, which was released earlier this month. In advance of the hearings with Secretary of State John Kerry … Continue reading Questions for Congressional Consideration: Our Budget Hearing Wish List

MFAN Statement: President Obama’s FY16 Budget Shows Continued Support for Foreign Assistance Reform


February 4, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette: MFAN welcomes the Obama Administration’s FY2016 budget request, which includes several important reform elements and increased resources for initiatives that will improve aid effectiveness.  The $54.8 billion request, which … Continue reading MFAN Statement: President Obama’s FY16 Budget Shows Continued Support for Foreign Assistance Reform

State of the Union 2015: What “Smart Development” Means for Reform as the Clock Winds Down


See below for a post by MFAN Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette. *** On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his next-to-last State of the Union address in which he laid out an ambitious, and largely domestic, agenda for his last two years of office. While the foreign policy pieces of the address were … Continue reading State of the Union 2015: What “Smart Development” Means for Reform as the Clock Winds Down

U.S.-based NGOs Applaud Passage of Coast Guard Legislation that Maintains Efficiencies in U.S. International Food Aid Program


The organizations listed below strongly support the exclusion of harmful provisions for U.S. international food aid programs from the recently passed Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014. The amended legislation sustains recent efficiency gains in U.S. international food aid programs. Provisions included in the original legislation would have negatively impacted crucial U.S. international … Continue reading U.S.-based NGOs Applaud Passage of Coast Guard Legislation that Maintains Efficiencies in U.S. International Food Aid Program