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

Root, root, root….for transparency


See below for a post by MFAN Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette. *** We at MFAN have been eagerly anticipating the beginning of October. Not just because of playoff baseball and the possibility of a Beltway Series, but because with the beginning of October we get the release of Publish What You … Continue reading Root, root, root….for transparency

A Tale of Two Websites


Please see below for a guest post from MFAN’s Accountability Working Group Co-Chairs, Diana Ohlbaum and Lori Rowley. Ohlbaum is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Rowley is the Director for Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness at The Lugar Center. *** The first great boon for transparency of U.S. foreign assistance … Continue reading A Tale of Two Websites

USAID’s Frontiers in Development Asks More Questions than It Answers…and That’s a Good Thing


See below for a guest post from Casey Dunning, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Global Development. This post originally appeared on CGD’s blog on September 23, 2014. *** Last week USAID held its second Frontiers in Development conference, a two-day smorgasbord of keynotes, panels, roundtables, and an Innovation Marketplace all focused on Ending Extreme Poverty.  … Continue reading USAID’s Frontiers in Development Asks More Questions than It Answers…and That’s a Good Thing

Incentivizing Transparency


Please see below for a guest post from MFAN’s Accountability Working Group Co-Chairs, Diana Ohlbaum and Lori Rowley. Ohlbaum is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Rowley is the Director for Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness at The Lugar Center. *** For those of us who seek to … Continue reading Incentivizing Transparency

A tailored U.S. extension adds value, but our work isn’t done yet


See below for a guest post from Catalina Reyes, Senior Advocacy Associate at Publish What You Fund. *** When the U.S. made its first foray into the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), it adopted a “whole of government” approach. While there is merit to having various agencies of government speaking with one voice, this also creates problems when it … Continue reading A tailored U.S. extension adds value, but our work isn’t done yet

Statement: MFAN Welcomes African Heads of State to Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit


MFAN Welcomes African Heads of State to Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit August 4, 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 The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network extends a warm welcome to the more than 50 African heads of … Continue reading Statement: MFAN Welcomes African Heads of State to Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Africa’s Dramatic Development Story


See below for a guest post from George Ingram, Senior Fellow at Brookings and MFAN Co-Chair. This post originally appeared on the Brookings blog on July 28th. *** With the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit taking place on August 4, now is a good time to reexamine the storyline around Africa. The continent has made progress in … Continue reading The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Africa’s Dramatic Development Story

Why Management Reform Is Sexy


See below for a guest post by Andrea Koppel, Vice President of Global Engagement and Policy at Mercy Corps and MFAN Executive Committee member. *** I have a confession to make.   I may have a serious day job fighting for better policies to help vulnerable people around the world, but after hours I’m an avid … Continue reading Why Management Reform Is Sexy