With Final Budget Request, Obama Administration Gives Nod to Effective Foreign Assistance


February 10, 2016 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette: This week President Obama submitted his $4.1 trillion budget request to Congress for FY17, which includes $54.1 billion for the International Affairs Budget, including $39.3 billion in base funding … Continue reading With Final Budget Request, Obama Administration Gives Nod to Effective Foreign Assistance

MFAN and Plan Host U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Birx to Discuss PEPFAR’s Sustainability Agenda


WASHINGTON, January 20, 2016 – On Thursday, January 21st, MFAN and Plan International USA will host U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx for a keynote address, followed by a panel of development experts for a discussion of The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) Sustainability … Continue reading MFAN and Plan Host U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Birx to Discuss PEPFAR’s Sustainability Agenda

MFAN Applauds Long-Awaited Confirmation of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator


November 30, 2015 WASHINGTON – Seven months since her nomination by President Obama and nearly one year since the announcement that Administrator Rajiv Shah was stepping down, MFAN is pleased to see the Senate take action today to confirm Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator. Having a permanent USAID Administrator in place for the final 14 … Continue reading MFAN Applauds Long-Awaited Confirmation of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Letter to OMB Director Donovan on MFAN Priorities


November 17, 2015 Shaun Donovan, Director Office of Management and Budget 725 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20503 Dear Director Donovan: On behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), a reform coalition of international development advocates and practitioners focused on strengthening U.S. development policy and results, we urge you to solidify this Administration’s legacy … Continue reading Letter to OMB Director Donovan on MFAN Priorities

MFAN Letter to the NSC on the Open Government Partnership U.S. National Action Plan


October 2, 2015 Ms. Mary Beth Goodman Senior Director National Security Council The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Ms. Goodman: We at the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network appreciate the open and consultative process led by the White House to gather recommendations for the third Open Government Partnership (OGP) U.S. National … Continue reading MFAN Letter to the NSC on the Open Government Partnership U.S. National Action Plan

MFAN Launches “ACCOUNTdown to 2017” Tracking Progress to Strengthen U.S. Foreign Aid


July 28, 2015 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Carolyn Miles, and Connie Veillette Today the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is launching a new campaign, ACCOUNTdown to 2017, to track progress made toward strengthening the accountability and country ownership of U.S. foreign … Continue reading MFAN Launches “ACCOUNTdown to 2017” Tracking Progress to Strengthen U.S. Foreign Aid

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

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