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

Statement: MFAN Applauds Important Reform Elements in the Global Food Security Act of 2015


March 25, 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 is pleased to see that the Global Food Security Act of 2015 (H.R. 1567), recently reintroduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Betty McCollum (D-MN), includes important reform … Continue reading Statement: MFAN Applauds Important Reform Elements in the Global Food Security Act of 2015

USAID and PEPFAR: Institutionalizing Local Ownership for Sustainability


See below for a guest post from Justin Fugle, Senior Advisor for Policy and Program Outreach for Plan International USA. This piece originally appeared on Plan’s blog on March 9. *** Although the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Local Solutions is often associated with recently-departed Administrator Raj Shah, a panel discussion at Plan … Continue reading USAID and PEPFAR: Institutionalizing Local Ownership for Sustainability

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