Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network

Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network MFAN advocates for more effective and accountable foreign assistance that will deliver greater results for people in need and U.S. taxpayers MFAN is a reform coalition comprised of international development and foreign policy practitioners, policy advocates and experts, concerned citizens, and private sector organizations.

Interested in global development and U.S. foreign aid reform? Come work with us! We're looking for a highly energetic, d...
06/20/2019
MFAN is hiring a Program Associate | MFAN

Interested in global development and U.S. foreign aid reform? Come work with us! We're looking for a highly energetic, detail-oriented individual with an interest in improving U.S. foreign aid.

The MFAN Program Associate is a motivated individual who is interested in global development policy, providing programmatic, event, and administrative support to the MFAN staff and network. In this highly visible role, the Program Associate will gain valuable exposure to foreign assistance policy an...

It's been almost 3 years since the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act became law. What's the status of US for...
05/22/2019
Three years after FATAA: What’s the current state of U.S. foreign assistance data? | MFAN

It's been almost 3 years since the Foreign Aid Transparency & Accountability Act became law. What's the status of US foreign assistance data? George Ingram of Brookings and Sally Paxton of Publish What You Fund assess transparency after #FATAA.

Over the last almost ten years, the US has made a series of commitments to improve the publication of its aid data. Behind this effort is the concept that increases in transparency and availability of US data will lead to better planning, accountability, and effectiveness of US aid efforts. One of t...

Today marks 5 months since eight Members of Congress requested a report on the transparency & accountability of US forei...
05/13/2019
MFAN Joins Congress in Calling for Foreign Aid Transparency Progress Report | MFAN

Today marks 5 months since eight Members of Congress requested a report on the transparency & accountability of US foreign aid. OMB, what is the status of FATAA implementation? Congressman Gerry Connolly Ted Poe Senator Ben Cardin Marco Rubio Rep. Adam Smith Ted Yoho Chris Coons Johnny Isakson

December 13, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network thanks eight congressional leaders and joins them in calling on t...

Do you know someone with strong skills in alliance building, fundraising, management, and foreign aid policy knowledge? ...
04/25/2019
MFAN is hiring an Executive Director! | MFAN

Do you know someone with strong skills in alliance building, fundraising, management, and foreign aid policy knowledge? MFAN is hiring an Executive Director! http://modernizeaid.net/2019/04/mfan-hiring-executive-director/

The MFAN Executive Director is a leader with a vision and passion for more effective U.S. foreign assistance and with strong skills in alliance building, fundraising, management, and policy to spearhead that charge. The Executive Director mobilizes MFAN’s high-level, dynamic network and small but ...

Our use of foreign assistance aims to create the conditions under which aid is no longer necessary, investing in future ...
04/03/2019
President Trump’s Attempt to Block Aid to Central America Reflects Ineffective Use of American Resources, Influence | MFAN

Our use of foreign assistance aims to create the conditions under which aid is no longer necessary, investing in future American trade partners & allies. To be most effective, aid should be directed to where the need is greatest and can have the most impact.

April 2, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is concerned by President Donald Trump’s decision to block aid to t...

From the new #USDFC, to fragile states, to #Budget2020, the coming months present opportunities to put fundamental forei...
03/21/2019
A Note on Aid Reform: Applying the Fundamentals | MFAN

From the new #USDFC, to fragile states, to #Budget2020, the coming months present opportunities to put fundamental foreign aid principles to practice and increase development effectiveness.

Friends, At our core, MFAN is committed to three principles: transparency of U.S. foreign aid, accountability of our assistance programs, and the local ownership needed to achieve meaningful results. As 2019 gets well underway, MFAN is looking at a number of opportunities to put these principles to....

MFAN supports wise and strategic spending decisions, but unreasonable, drastic cuts harm the effectiveness and efficienc...
03/12/2019
Trump Administration Again Slashes Resources for Effective Development and Diplomacy | MFAN

MFAN supports wise and strategic spending decisions, but unreasonable, drastic cuts harm the effectiveness and efficiency of our nation’s interests abroad. The Trump administration's proposed 24% cut to State and USAID impedes advancements in transparency, accountability, and country-ownership.

March 12, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. MFAN is alarmed for the third consecutive year by the Trump administration’s massive proposed cuts to the U.S...

We're glad to see Congress included aid effectiveness priorities in the final FY19 budget. Practices like monitoring & #...
02/20/2019
Congress Once Again Champions Strong Development and Diplomacy in Final FY19 Spending Bill | MFAN

We're glad to see Congress included aid effectiveness priorities in the final FY19 budget. Practices like monitoring & #evaluation and #DomesticResourceMobilization will make our aid dollars go further!

February 19, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that Congress has overcome gridlock to pass the State ...

Time does not stop with a government shutdown, and MFAN is staying engaged with a number of aid effectiveness deadlines ...
01/28/2019
A Note on Aid Reform: A New Year Agenda as the Government Returns to Work | MFAN

Time does not stop with a government shutdown, and MFAN is staying engaged with a number of aid effectiveness deadlines that are fast approaching.

Happy New Year everyone, I’m excited to write you for the first time as MFAN’s interim Executive Director. After 30+ years at the Congressional Research Service and a decade consulting for various MFAN members, I’m eager to work directly on MFAN’s aid reform issues. As you may know, MFAN has...

MFAN was thrilled to be joined this week by an impressive group of individuals to honor our ten congressional #Champions...
12/07/2018
Champions of Aid Reform: A Decade of Aid Effectiveness and the Future of U.S. Assistance | MFAN

MFAN was thrilled to be joined this week by an impressive group of individuals to honor our ten congressional #ChampionsofAidReform!

As MFAN celebrates 10 years of aid reforms, we thank our congressional allies, our administration partners, and the MFAN community for articulating the value of foreign assistance and advancing reforms to achieve even greater impact. On December 4, 2018 we had the pleasure of joining leaders from th...

The new USDFC has the chance to set the gold standard for transparency among DFIs. Read how project-level data fits into...
12/06/2018
Setting the Gold Standard for Transparency: The Opportunity for the New U.S. Development Finance Agency | MFAN

The new USDFC has the chance to set the gold standard for transparency among DFIs. Read how project-level data fits into this opportunity:

In a rare example of agreement from Capitol Hill to the White House to the development community, the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act (BUILD Act), P.L. 115-254, was signed into law on October 5, 2018. This legislation creates the U.S. International Development Finance Co...

Congress’s call to USAID - US Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of State to consolidate their aid...
11/27/2018
Transparency of the Future: A High-Quality, Highly Usable U.S. Foreign Aid Dashboard | MFAN

Congress’s call to USAID - US Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of State to consolidate their aid data into one, high-quality database is "an opportunity to realize the dream of a single high-quality, highly usable dashboard." From Oxfam America's Aria Grabowski:

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 th...

How can the new USDFC fulfill its development mandate, establish strong connectivity with USAID - US Agency for Internat...
11/14/2018
Opinion: 4 essential steps for BUILD Act’s development finance agency

How can the new USDFC fulfill its development mandate, establish strong connectivity with USAID - US Agency for International Development, prioritize agency accountability, and institute robust systems of transparency and consultation? Here's how:

Experts from the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network outline four steps the U.S. Congress and the White House can take to make the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation deliver on its promise.

"Evidenced-based policy and policy-based budgeting would make USAID - US Agency for International Development a more eff...
10/24/2018
Opinion: Uniting policy, resources, and performance for better decision-making at USAID

"Evidenced-based policy and policy-based budgeting would make USAID - US Agency for International Development a more effective and respected agency." MFAN's George Ingram assesses transformation plans via Devex

The three most significant objectives of consolidation at USAID are to align resources, promote a culture of learning, and project a unified voice. But each objective has serious hurdles to overcome.

USAID - US Agency for International Development is reorganizing. See what the MFAN Co-Chairs have to say about the plan:...
10/09/2018
Major overhaul sets up U.S. aid agency to be more effective, efficient and accountable | MFAN

USAID - US Agency for International Development is reorganizing. See what the MFAN Co-Chairs have to say about the plan: http://modernizeaid.net/2018/10/major-overhaul-sets-u-s-aid-agency-effective-efficient-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 comm...

Transparency through data is critical, but "the difficulty arises when the two dashboards provide different data for the...
10/09/2018
How to consolidate the two US foreign assistance dashboards - Publish What You Fund

Transparency through data is critical, but "the difficulty arises when the two dashboards provide different data for the same thing—sometimes to the tune of billions of dollars for the same fiscal year."

This post was written by Sally Paxton, the US Representative for Publish What You Fund, and George Ingram, Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and Board Chair of Friends of Publish What You Fund. It was originally published on the Brooking Institution’s website. For the last several years, ...

Do you use State Department or USAID aid data? We partnered with Publish What You Fund to analyze the two databases and ...
10/05/2018
modernizeaid.net

Do you use State Department or USAID aid data? We partnered with Publish What You Fund to analyze the two databases and call for a consolidated platform. Check out how they measure up:

This week, the Trump administration missed the deadline set by The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act to co...
10/05/2018
Trump Administration Misses Deadline to Consolidate Aid Data | MFAN

This week, the Trump administration missed the deadline set by The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act to consolidate aid data. MFAN calls on the State Dept and USAID to resolve this transparency issue in the coming months.

October 4, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. Unfortunately, the October 1, 2018 date set by The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA) of ...

The Senate has passed #theBUILDAct! MFAN thanks the bill sponsors and urges the President to sign the bill into law stra...
10/03/2018
MFAN Hails Final Passage of BUILD Act and the Modernizing of U.S. Development Finance | MFAN

The Senate has passed #theBUILDAct! MFAN thanks the bill sponsors and urges the President to sign the bill into law straightaway. We look forward to working with Congress, the administration and the development community to implement the legislation.

October 3, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network welcomes final passage of the bipartisan Better Utilization of Inve...

The BUILD Act passed the House! Now, Senate passage will be an important step toward supporting private sector activity ...
09/27/2018
U.S. House of Representatives Advances Development Finance by Passing BUILD Act | MFAN

The BUILD Act passed the House! Now, Senate passage will be an important step toward supporting private sector activity in developing countries and investing effectively in our partners’ journey to self-reliance.

September 27, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson, and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased that the House of Representatives has passed the bipa...

We're excited to welcome Global Innovation Fund to the Network!
09/21/2018
MFAN Welcomes Global Innovation Fund to Network | MFAN

We're excited to welcome Global Innovation Fund to the Network!

September 20, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – This statement is delivered on behalf of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) by Co-Chairs George Ingram, Lester Munson and Tessie San Martin. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is pleased to welcome Global Innovation Fund to the coalition. Gl...

09/19/2018
USAID LEADS: Episode 7

USAID Administrator Mark Green and MFAN Executive Committee member and Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles discuss the importance of country priorities, dynamic metrics, and how to support partner countries' development planning on their Journey to Self-Reliance:

In this episode, Administrator Green, Chris Maloney, and Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles discuss the vision of the “Journey to Self-Reliance,”…

U.S. foreign assistance is vital to promoting national security. "When the new Congress gets seated next year, they must...
09/19/2018
Opinion | Generals urge Trump not to ‘retreat’ on foreign aid

U.S. foreign assistance is vital to promoting national security. "When the new Congress gets seated next year, they must heed the calls of our military leaders" to fully fund diplomacy and development.

If Trump won't listen to his diplomats, he should listen to the military leaders, who all support soft power

"MCC needs experienced leadership that can advance the agency’s mission, respect and trust technical staff, represent it...
09/10/2018
Congress should decrease politicization at the Millennium Challenge Corporation

"MCC needs experienced leadership that can advance the agency’s mission, respect and trust technical staff, represent its core values and be accountable to Congress, its partners around the world and the development community. The Senate should push for that leadership to happen swiftly while also ensuring MCC remains a nonpartisan, technical agency."

The Senate should push for that leadership to happen swiftly while also ensuring MCC remains a nonpartisan, technical agency.

"Attachment to American global leadership, a feeling of moral duty and a belief that foreign aid is in America’s nationa...
09/07/2018
America’s foreign-aid budget has proved surprisingly resilient

"Attachment to American global leadership, a feeling of moral duty and a belief that foreign aid is in America’s national interest all help to explain why." The Economist on the bipartisan resilience of US foreign aid:

Just don’t tell the president

"Quality investment is much more important than quantity." Hear OPIC's⁩ CEO Ray Washburne and Kimberly Adams talk about ...
09/06/2018
Congress considering measure to boost U.S. investment in international infrastructure

"Quality investment is much more important than quantity." Hear OPIC's⁩ CEO Ray Washburne and Kimberly Adams talk about #theBUILDAct on ⁦Marketplace:

Marketplace® is your liaison between economics and life. Noted for timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business news across both audio and digital platforms, Marketplace programs are heard by more than 14 million weekly listeners. This makes the Marketplace portfolio the most widely heard b...

According to The Wall Street Journal, #theBUILDAct is attractive to those who favor streamlining government programs. Ad...
09/04/2018
To Counter China, U.S. Looks to Invest Billions More Overseas

According to The Wall Street Journal, #theBUILDAct is attractive to those who favor streamlining government programs. Additionally, OPIC has been profitable every year for the last 40 years and has contributed $8.5 billion to deficit reduction. https://www.wsj.com/articles/to-counter-china-u-s-looks-to-invest-billions-more-overseas-1535728206

The U.S. is finalizing plans to double funding for big infrastructure projects around the world, seeking to counter China’s growing influence.

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