ACCOUNTdown Reviews USAID Effectiveness to Build for Future


Recently, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) launched the ACCOUNTdown campaign and scorecard to push for greater aid effectiveness reform by the Obama Administration.  ACCOUNTdown focuses on the U.S. government’s progress to strengthening its international development programs’ accountability and country ownership. The ACCOUNTdown report highlighted a range of improvements by various U.S. development agencies and … Continue reading ACCOUNTdown Reviews USAID Effectiveness to Build for Future

Another step forward by USAID on the road to aid transparency


On July 1st, Publish What You Fund released its 2015 U.S. Aid Transparency Review, which assesses the progress of six U.S. donors on their efforts to publish high quality aid information.  The Busan deadline – December 2015 – is when the U.S. has committed to fully implementing the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).  And important … Continue reading Another step forward by USAID on the road to aid transparency

Broad Coalition Calls on U.S. Senate to Confirm Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator


Broad Coalition Calls on U.S. Senate to Confirm Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator June 15, 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, along with a broad coalition of international development organizations, policy experts, and the private sector, … Continue reading Broad Coalition Calls on U.S. Senate to Confirm Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Country Ownership Metrics: An Underdeveloped Field in Development


The annual funding of U.S. bilateral economic assistance is generally a lengthy process, from the President’s request at the beginning of the year to Congressional action over the summer and early fall.  These budget resources are precious and scarce, which is why Congress spends considerable time reviewing the request.  According to the State Department, the … Continue reading Country Ownership Metrics: An Underdeveloped Field in Development

Success is in the Eye of the Beholder


A good evaluation will tell you whether a program achieved its intended results. A better evaluation will tell you why. But the best evaluation will tell you whether those were the right results — for the people they were intended to help. As the global development community has begun to get serious about conducting evaluations, … Continue reading Success is in the Eye of the Beholder

MFAN Welcomes Important Reform Elements in the Senate Global Food Security Act of 2015


May 12, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network MFAN is pleased to see that the Global Food Security Act of 2015 (S. 1252), recently introduced by Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), includes important reform elements that would help strengthen accountability mechanisms and promote … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes Important Reform Elements in the Senate Global Food Security Act of 2015

MFAN Co-Founder Gayle Smith Nominated as Next USAID Administrator


April 30, 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 applauds today’s announcement by the White House that Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the National Security Council, has … Continue reading MFAN Co-Founder Gayle Smith Nominated 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

Building the Foundation for Self Sufficiency


This week, thousands of policymakers are meeting in Washington for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings. This year’s Spring Meetings include discussions on a vast range of issues: Recovering from the recent Ebola outbreak, global infrastructure development, and migration and remittances are just some of the topics that will be discussed. … Continue reading Building the Foundation for Self Sufficiency

Broad Coalition Urges President to Nominate a Permanent USAID Administrator


April 16, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette: Today MFAN, as part of a broad coalition of international development advocates and stakeholders, including four former USAID Administrators, is urging President Obama to expeditiously nominate a permanent Administrator … Continue reading Broad Coalition Urges President to Nominate a Permanent USAID Administrator