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


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** 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 … 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


Download a formatted version of the letter here. *** 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 … 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

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