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

Local Voices and Resources Are the Ultimate Answer in the Fight Against Poverty


See below for a guest post from Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children and MFAN Co-Chair. *** This week, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) released a policy paper – The Way Forward: A Reform Agenda for 2014 and Beyond – urging the U.S. Government to work more closely than ever before … Continue reading Local Voices and Resources Are the Ultimate Answer in the Fight Against Poverty

U.S. Pace on Aid Transparency Won’t Cut it for 2015 Deadline


Development leaders from around the globe will gather in Mexico City next week for the first high-level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. The Global Partnership was established at the Fourth High Level Forum in Busan in 2011 and brings together a wide range of development actors working towards more effective, sustainable, and impactful development results. Today, 161 countries and 54 organizations have endorsed the Global Partnership Principles, including the United States.

5 things the US government is doing to make foreign assistance more effective


President Barack Obama issued the US government’s first ever US Global Development Policy in September 2010. The policy clarifies that the primary purpose of US development aid is to pursue broad-based economic growth as the means to fight global poverty. The US Global Development Policy also offers a clear mandate for country ownership—that is, leadership by citizens and responsible governments in poor countries—is how the US government will support development. The US has been moving in this direction since the George W. Bush administration.