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

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Africa’s Dramatic Development Story


See below for a guest post from George Ingram, Senior Fellow at Brookings and MFAN Co-Chair. This post originally appeared on the Brookings blog on July 28th. *** With the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit taking place on August 4, now is a good time to reexamine the storyline around Africa. The continent has made progress in … Continue reading The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Africa’s Dramatic Development Story

ForeignAssistance.gov Is Getting Bigger; Here’s How to Make It Better


See below for a guest post from Sarah Rose, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Global Development. The piece originally appeared on CGD’s blog on June 23rd. *** We’re getting closer to knowing how the USG spends its foreign assistance dollars.  Recently, the State Department announced its first release of foreign assistance data on … Continue reading ForeignAssistance.gov Is Getting Bigger; Here’s How to Make It Better

Strength through Development


See below for a guest post from MFAN Executive Committee Member and Accountability Working Group Co-Chair Diana Ohlbaum. *** In his graduation speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama laid out a national security doctrine based on partnership, multilateralism, international law, diplomacy and development.  Explaining how democracy, free markets, and respect for human rights … Continue reading Strength through Development