Transparency of the Future: A High-Quality, Highly Usable U.S. Foreign Aid Dashboard


Transparency and access to data is an important part of aid effectiveness. Aside from providing people with the right to access information, the aim of aid transparency is threefold: to better coordinate aid, enable more accountability, and allow for in-country actors to know what is happening in their own communities, thus giving them more ownership … Continue reading Transparency of the Future: A High-Quality, Highly Usable U.S. Foreign Aid Dashboard

Implementing the BUILD Act: Four Areas for Focus


Read MFAN Deputy Director & Senior Policy Advisor Stephanie Cappa’s op-ed on implementing the BUILD Act and planning the U.S. Development Finance Corporation on Devex.    

USAID’s Proposed Transformation: Highlights & Questions


The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) welcomes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Transformation proposal to strengthen the Agency’s ability to deliver on its development and humanitarian mission. The Agency’s proposal meets four out of five of MFAN’s widely endorsed structural requirements for an effective aid agency. USAID: 1) remains an independent lead aid agency; … Continue reading USAID’s Proposed Transformation: Highlights & Questions

Major overhaul sets up U.S. aid agency to be more effective, efficient and accountable


In 2017, the Trump administration instructed all federal agencies to review their operations and propose opportunities for efficiency gains. As part of this effort, the administration published its reorganization proposal  for a number of agencies and functions. While the U.S. foreign assistance community has seen its share of unique surprises over the last 20 months, … Continue reading Major overhaul sets up U.S. aid agency to be more effective, efficient and accountable

Community Roundup: Support for Final Passage of the BUILD Act


On October 3, 2018 Congress passed the bipartisan Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018 (H.R. 5105/S. 2463), authorizing a new International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) and establishing a wider set of development finance tools. MFAN has advocated for development finance reform and has engaged with Congress on this legislation to … Continue reading Community Roundup: Support for Final Passage of the BUILD Act

Letter to Appropriations Committee Leadership on FY19 Budget


Download a formatted version of the letter here. Friday, July 20, 2018 The Honorable Lindsey Graham Chairman Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy Ranking Member Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs The Honorable Hal Rogers Chairman House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related … Continue reading Letter to Appropriations Committee Leadership on FY19 Budget

Ensuring Gender Integration in USAID Transformation


On June 12th, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Plan International, Save the Children, and MFAN co-hosted Transforming Foreign Aid: Putting Women and Girls at the Center. This event, with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) as honorary co-hosts, highlighted how the development community is mainstreaming gender issues, especially in the context of USAID’s … Continue reading Ensuring Gender Integration in USAID Transformation

USAID Just Released Its “Journey to Self Reliance” Indicators. What Comes Next?


Last week, CGD hosted the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for the first public presentation of the agency’s new “Journey to Self-Reliance” metrics. Launched by USAID Administrator Mark Green, the Journey to Self-Reliance is a new strategic approach that aims to more systematically orient the agency’s programming toward building countries’ capacity to address their own development … Continue reading USAID Just Released Its “Journey to Self Reliance” Indicators. What Comes Next?

U.S. Government Investments That Give Everyone a Fair Chance


Tax season is over this year in the United States, but efforts on taxes are only gaining speed and attention in many developing nations. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has highlighted this as key to helping countries on their “Journey to Self-Reliance.” USAID aims to invest more aid to help … Continue reading U.S. Government Investments That Give Everyone a Fair Chance