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

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

USAID’s Frontiers in Development Asks More Questions than It Answers…and That’s a Good Thing


See below for a guest post from Casey Dunning, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Global Development. This post originally appeared on CGD’s blog on September 23, 2014. *** Last week USAID held its second Frontiers in Development conference, a two-day smorgasbord of keynotes, panels, roundtables, and an Innovation Marketplace all focused on Ending Extreme Poverty.  … Continue reading USAID’s Frontiers in Development Asks More Questions than It Answers…and That’s a Good Thing

Incentivizing Transparency


Please see below for a guest post from MFAN’s Accountability Working Group Co-Chairs, Diana Ohlbaum and Lori Rowley. Ohlbaum is a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Rowley is the Director for Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness at The Lugar Center. *** For those of us who seek to … Continue reading Incentivizing Transparency

A tailored U.S. extension adds value, but our work isn’t done yet


See below for a guest post from Catalina Reyes, Senior Advocacy Associate at Publish What You Fund. *** When the U.S. made its first foray into the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), it adopted a “whole of government” approach. While there is merit to having various agencies of government speaking with one voice, this also creates problems when it … Continue reading A tailored U.S. extension adds value, but our work isn’t done yet

Remembering the Contributions of USAID Staff: The Administrator’s Take (Part Two)


See below for a guest post from Peter McPherson, former USAID Administrator and MFAN Principal, in response to John Norris’ recent blog series for Devex, Inside USAID’s top job. *** I greatly appreciate the very nice comments about my time at USAID and also appreciate the major effort Mr. Norris put into his paper. What … Continue reading Remembering the Contributions of USAID Staff: The Administrator’s Take (Part Two)

The Clashes of the Nineties: The Administrator’s Take


See below for a guest post from J. Brian Atwood, former USAID Administrator and MFAN Principal, in response to John Norris’ recent blog series for Devex, Inside USAID’s top job. *** John Norris has performed a service in recounting the highlights of USAID’s history. I am convinced that no organization in the world has contributed … Continue reading The Clashes of the Nineties: The Administrator’s Take