SFRC’s Global Health Security bill has important and constructive elements


The Co-Chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) congratulate Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Risch of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) for their work on the bipartisan International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act (S. 2297), which recently passed out of Committee. This bill would enhance the U.S. global response to the COVID-19 … Continue reading SFRC’s Global Health Security bill has important and constructive elements

Five former administrators confirm the importance of adding the head of USAID to the NSC


The Biden-Harris administration inherits a world facing multiple transnational crises that will require that the U.S. provides holistic leadership from the full suite of U.S. international engagement — development, diplomacy, economic, and defense. President Biden took a strong step in this direction when he nominated Ambassador Samantha Power as administrator of the U.S. Agency for … Continue reading Five former administrators confirm the importance of adding the head of USAID to the NSC

Meeting the Global Development and Humanitarian Challenges of our Time: Assessing the Biden-Harris Administration’s First 100 Days


The Biden-Harris administration took office in a turbulent time amidst cascading global challenges. The health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 have deepened already-existing inequalities and reversed hard-fought development and humanitarian gains from the past decades. Mounting great power competition, climate change, and the increasing concentration of the world’s poor in fragile states, all require an … Continue reading Meeting the Global Development and Humanitarian Challenges of our Time: Assessing the Biden-Harris Administration’s First 100 Days

Key Lessons for Effective Foreign Assistance from USAID’s COVID-19 Response


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the health and health systems of countries around the world and taken a serious toll on economies and societies. The World Bank estimates that an additional 100 million people have been pushed into poverty due to the economic impact of the pandemic. 130 million people in three dozen countries including … Continue reading Key Lessons for Effective Foreign Assistance from USAID’s COVID-19 Response

Principles to Practice: How local organizations and INGOs are working locally for an effective pandemic response


As the predominant global development and humanitarian donor, the U.S. government will shape the global response to COVID-19, helping to save lives and curtail economic losses across the world. The United States leading an effective COVID-19 response in the developing world will protect the American people by limiting the resurgence of the disease, mitigating the … Continue reading Principles to Practice: How local organizations and INGOs are working locally for an effective pandemic response

Working Locally for an Effective Pandemic Response


There are six areas that the U.S. government should focus on in order to lead a successful pandemic response globally. One of these critical areas is working directly with local governments and civil society organizations. With transportation routes closed and supply chains disrupted, U.S. assistance must be leveraged to help communities protect their own health … Continue reading Working Locally for an Effective Pandemic Response

The Development Finance Corporation at Six Months: Early Successes and Challenges


On October 25, 2018, President Trump signed the BUILD Act, one of the most significant reforms to U.S. foreign assistance in decades. The BUILD Act combined the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) with USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) into a new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The new DFC has a strengthened mandate to … Continue reading The Development Finance Corporation at Six Months: Early Successes and Challenges

WATCH: Responding to COVID-19 Globally: Policy Recommendations for Effective Foreign Assistance


On May 26th, MFAN hosted Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) followed by panelists Jeff Sturchio, CEO of Rabin Martin, Tessie San Martin, CEO of Plan International USA, Lester Munson, Principal at BGR Group, and Larry Nowels to discuss an effective global response to the COVID-19 crisis. Representative Yoho led with remarks on the power of foreign … Continue reading WATCH: Responding to COVID-19 Globally: Policy Recommendations for Effective Foreign Assistance

To Succeed in its Journey to Self-Reliance Approach with Partner Countries, USAID needs a Civil Society Strategy


Under the leadership of Administrator Mark Green, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has spent the past three years developing a new vision in its relationship with partner countries: the Journey to Self-Reliance. This refocusing of how the U.S. provides foreign assistance is being implemented through a series of new policies and partnerships. However, … Continue reading To Succeed in its Journey to Self-Reliance Approach with Partner Countries, USAID needs a Civil Society Strategy

We’re seeing the effects of budget instability on the ground


In a recent column in The Hill, I reflected on the disappointing turn that I witnessed as my organization, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), learned that our project meant to help feed and train people emerging from the Ebola crisis, had been terminated early. The program in Sierra Leone, funded by the U.S. government, was in … Continue reading We’re seeing the effects of budget instability on the ground