MFAN Congratulates Dr. John Nkengasong on his Confirmation as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator


May 24, 2022 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) congratulates Dr. John Nkengasong on his confirmation by the United States Senate to serve as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator in the Biden-Harris … Continue reading MFAN Congratulates Dr. John Nkengasong on his Confirmation as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

MFAN Urges Congress to Retain Development Finance Corporation’s Development Mandate in Ukraine Supplemental


May 6, 2022 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, an early supporter of the creation of the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), urges Congress to reject the proposal to waive the Corporation’s development mandate … Continue reading MFAN Urges Congress to Retain Development Finance Corporation’s Development Mandate in Ukraine Supplemental

MFAN Finds Advances and Setbacks in Final Fiscal Year 2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Legislation


March 22, 2022 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin.   MFAN is a reform coalition focused on the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of U.S. foreign assistance and does not engage in advocacy efforts for either top line or … Continue reading MFAN Finds Advances and Setbacks in Final Fiscal Year 2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Legislation

MFAN Congratulates Alice Albright and Scott Nathan on their Confirmations by the U.S. Senate


  March 2, 2022 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin.   The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) congratulates Alice Albright, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and Scott Nathan, CEO of the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), on … Continue reading MFAN Congratulates Alice Albright and Scott Nathan on their Confirmations by the U.S. Senate

MFAN Applauds USAID Local Capacity Development Policy


February 7, 2022 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin.   The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) commends USAID for its draft Local Capacity Development (LCD) Policy, released for public comment on Dec. 8, 2021. The LCD Policy represents … Continue reading MFAN Applauds USAID Local Capacity Development Policy

MFAN Calls for a Clear, Agency-Wide Definition of Local Entity in USAID’s Localization Work


The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) celebrates Administrator Power’s vision for a more locally led future for foreign assistance, as laid out in her address at Georgetown University in November of 2021. To realize these reforms with transparency and accountability, MFAN recommends that USAID create a clear and consistent definition of “local entity,” which eliminates … Continue reading MFAN Calls for a Clear, Agency-Wide Definition of Local Entity in USAID’s Localization Work

Transforming the Northern Triangle Means Also Shifting How Donors Do Business


The Northern Triangle has endured its fair share of shocks recently. From the COVID-19 pandemic to Hurricanes Eta and Iota, the region of Central America faces challenges that its governments cannot solve alone. To address the most difficult problems, governments, private sector companies, and donors, such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), … Continue reading Transforming the Northern Triangle Means Also Shifting How Donors Do Business

MFAN Welcomes USAID Administrator Power’s New Vision for Global Development – Placing Locals in the Lead


November 12, 2021 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network commends USAID Administrator Samantha Power on the vision  for USAID she outlined on the 60th anniversary of the agency during a speech on November … Continue reading MFAN Welcomes USAID Administrator Power’s New Vision for Global Development – Placing Locals in the Lead

MFAN Commends Senate Appropriations Committee on its FY22 Senate Foreign Operations Subcommittee Bill


November 1, 2021 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs Lester Munson, Larry Nowels, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network notes the release of nine remaining Senate Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2022 by Chairman Patrick Leahy on October 18, including the State, Foreign … Continue reading MFAN Commends Senate Appropriations Committee on its FY22 Senate Foreign Operations Subcommittee Bill