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

ForeignAssistance.gov Is Getting Bigger; Here’s How to Make It Better


See below for a guest post from Sarah Rose, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Global Development. The piece originally appeared on CGD’s blog on June 23rd. *** We’re getting closer to knowing how the USG spends its foreign assistance dollars.  Recently, the State Department announced its first release of foreign assistance data on … Continue reading ForeignAssistance.gov Is Getting Bigger; Here’s How to Make It Better

More U.S. agencies publishing aid data to international standard


See below for a guest post from Publish What You Fund about the recent release of data by the State Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. *** In the last few weeks the Foreign Assistance Dashboard added two new U.S. agencies to its list of publishers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published … Continue reading More U.S. agencies publishing aid data to international standard

Transparency and Foreign Assistance: Fulfilling U.S. Commitments


See below for a guest post from Sally Paxton, U.S. Representative for Publish What You Fund. *** Yesterday, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network announced their new policy agenda, The Way Forward: A Reform Agenda for 2014 and Beyond. One of the pillars of the new policy is accountability and transparency. I was asked to discuss how … Continue reading Transparency and Foreign Assistance: Fulfilling U.S. Commitments