Dots Unconnected: The Trump Administration National Security Strategy and American Foreign Assistance


What are those who care about the role of U.S. foreign assistance in the world to make of the Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy, recently released by the White House? On one level, this important document, mandated by Congress and generally viewed as an administration’s highest order statement of defense and foreign policy, can be … Continue reading Dots Unconnected: The Trump Administration National Security Strategy and American Foreign Assistance

Year in Review: Reform Takes Center Stage


As 2017 draws to a close, the Trump Administration is reviewing redesign proposals submitted by the State Department and USAID, Congress is completing its Fiscal Year 2018 funding negotiations and beginning the FY2019 process, and the MFAN community is actively engaging to ensure aid effectiveness priorities are reflected in both processes. Last year, with the … Continue reading Year in Review: Reform Takes Center Stage

Redesign Reactions: What’s Next for the State Department and USAID?


Since the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo on government reorganization in April, MFAN has helped foster a public conversation about how a redesign can and should enhance the effectiveness, accountability, and impact of our foreign assistance. MFAN recently re-released Guiding Principles for Effective U.S. Assistance, which assert that any … Continue reading Redesign Reactions: What’s Next for the State Department and USAID?

Recent Redesign Proposals Converge on 10 Priorities for Reform


Recently a number of distinguished thinkers – including MFAN’s Co-Chairs – have published recommendations for upgrading the U.S. diplomacy and development architecture. To inform the administration and Congress as they consider redesign options, below is an analysis of these proposals that identifies ten common priorities for reform. Taken together, these ten recommendations would strengthen the … Continue reading Recent Redesign Proposals Converge on 10 Priorities for Reform

Redesign Reaction: Empowering aid: The real disruptive play for U.S. foreign policy


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction The executive order on government reorganization issued by President Donald Trump in March has created an ever-growing marketplace of ideas on how to structure the U.S. development enterprise to maximize its effectiveness and efficiency. The U.S. … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: Empowering aid: The real disruptive play for U.S. foreign policy

Redesign Reaction: It’s Time to Simplify and Rationalize Aid


This blog is part of a series responding to the MFAN Co-Chairs’ and other aid architecture proposals. Join the conversation! #RedesignReaction The recent discussion draft “A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose” by MFAN Co-Chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette provides a comprehensive and thought provoking blueprint for elevating development as … Continue reading Redesign Reaction: It’s Time to Simplify and Rationalize Aid

MFAN Community Urges Congress to Resist Deep Cuts to International Affairs Budget


On May 23rd, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. The request reduces funding for the State Department and USAID by 31 percent. The administration claims the cuts will make these agencies “leaner, more efficient, and more effective.” However, a recent statement by the MFAN co-chairs warns that such deep cuts … Continue reading MFAN Community Urges Congress to Resist Deep Cuts to International Affairs Budget

More Than 100 Endorsers Agree: Effectiveness Principles Should Guide Foreign Aid Reform


Reforms to U.S. foreign assistance should be conducted jointly by Congress and the Administration – in consultation with the development community – and guided by these principles, a comprehensive review of U.S. efforts, and a coherent Global Development Strategy. Foreign assistance is vital to advancing U.S. interests – promoting security, economic opportunity, and our moral … Continue reading More Than 100 Endorsers Agree: Effectiveness Principles Should Guide Foreign Aid Reform

Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World


Since the end of World War II, U.S. foreign policy has relied on the three distinct policy tools: defense, diplomacy and development. These three Ds have worked together to develop mutually reinforcing strategies that have enjoyed strong bipartisan support for over 70 years. Continued U.S. leadership across the globe is not only a moral imperative … Continue reading Now Is Not The Time To Shirk American Leadership In The World

Congressional Leaders Voice Concern About Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to State Department and USAID


The Trump Administration has proposed $37.6 billion for International Affairs in its Fiscal Year 2018 “skinny budget”.  This request reduces funding levels for the State Department and USAID by 31% compared to the FY17 Continuing Resolution. Members of Congress have responded swiftly to the administration’s plan expressing concern over such a severe proposed reduction in … Continue reading Congressional Leaders Voice Concern About Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to State Department and USAID