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EVENT: A Bipartisan Approach to Reorienting the International Affairs Budget

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
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The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network invites you to the launch of a new report from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Global Development:

Engagement Amid Austerity: A Bipartisan Approach to Reorienting the International Affairs Budget

Featuring report co-authors:

John Norris, Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and

Peacebuilding Initiative, Center for American Progress

Connie Veillette, Director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program, Center for Global Development

And distinguished panelists:

Gordon Adams, Professor, School of International Service, American University, and Distinguished Fellow, The Stimson Center

Andrew Preston, Counsellor for Development, Foreign and Security Policy Group, British Embassy

Moderated by:

George Ingram, MFAN Co-Chair

Wednesday, May 16
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
The Glover Park Group – 1025 F St NW, 9th Floor

Please join MFAN for a discussion on a new report from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Global Development. The report, Engagement Amid Austerity: A Bipartisan Approach to Reorienting the International Affairs Budget, calls for a more focused approach to how the U.S. delivers economic and security assistance.

We will be joined by the report’s authors to share their findings and recommendations followed by reactions from a distinguished panel and Q and A.

Please RSVP by Monday, May 14th to

Space is limited


MFAN and USAID Co-Host Event on Procurement Reform

Thursday, April 19th, 2012
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The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and

the United States Agency for International Development invite you to…

Implementation and Procurement Reform:

The Liberian Perspective


Minister Amara Mohamed Konneh, Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning

Steve Radelet, USAID Chief Economist

Introductory remarks by:

George Ingram, MFAN Co-Chair

Tuesday, April 24th

2:00 – 3:00 pm

National Press uilding, 529 14th St NW, 7th Floor

Please join MFAN and USAID for a discussion on Implementation and Procurement Reform from a partner country perspective. Given the role of country ownership in current aid reform efforts, this is an opportunity to discuss government-to-government partnerships and IPR-related issues from this important perspective.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 25th to

*Space is limited*

About Minister Amara Mohamed Konneh: In 2008, Amara Mohamed Konneh was sworn in as the 16th Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs of the Republic of Liberia. He joined the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (MPEA) after serving as Deputy Minister of State for Policy and Communications. Before that, Minister Konneh spent more than a decade working with development foundations and as a policy and financial systems analyst at the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies in Pennsylvania, United States. Minister Konneh is a core member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Economic Management Team and is the coordinator of Liberia’s development strategy.


VIDEO: CDR-MFAN Panel on Global Development

Friday, April 13th, 2012
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In case you missed it, see below for a video of the panel event MFAN co-hosted with the Consensus for Development Reform (CDR) on the George W. Bush Administration legacy on global development. To learn more about the event, click here.



Mark Your Calendars – Week of April 16, 2012

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
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Every Thursday, MFAN will post a list of upcoming events for the following week. For more information about each event and to RSVP, click on the links below. If your organization is hosting an event next week and you don’t see yourself on the list, please email

See below for a list of MFAN Partner events:


MFAN’s New Webpage Monitors U.S. Agencies’ Implementation of the Global Development Policy

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
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To the MFAN network:

Several months ago, MFAN issued a challenge to U.S. government agencies involved in global development:  we asked them to provided public information on how they were working to make the core tenets of the September, 2010 Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development (PPD) a reality.  Transparency is a critically important component of the reform process for the American public, our donor and developing country government partners, development practitioners, and, most of all, aid recipients. We at MFAN are particularly focused on ensuring the Administration remains committed to transparency as this new approach to global development is brought to life in our policymaking and programming.

We are pleased that four key agencies responded to our call: we have received information from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and the Peace Corps. Our review of this information (which can be viewed on our new microsite) gives us reason to believe that the new policy has meaningfully enhanced interagency dialogue and coordination and set us on a path toward greater transparency and accountability for U.S. taxpayers and recipient countries.  As other agencies respond, we will add the information they provide, along with our analysis, to the site.

We have assessed the agencies’ responses based on criteria laid out in our own agenda—From Policy to Practice—including recommendations on eliminating wasteful regulations, partnering better with donors, and responding to local priorities. Overall, we are pleased with some of the progress made:

  • USAID’s Country Development Cooperation Strategies (CDCS) are a positive example of how the agency has put a premium on locally-driven priorities;
  • With a redesigned Threshold Program that was better able to target constraints to growth, MCC supported Tunisia following the Arab Spring;
  • Through the recently launched African Competitiveness and Trade Enhancement initiative, USTR is helping to provide technical assistance to sub-Saharan African countries to enhance regional and global trade; and
  • More than 3,000 Peace Corps volunteers helped to implement the Stomping Out Malaria campaign in Africa, done in collaboration with the President’s Malaria Initiative, by assisting communities with the distribution of bed nets and collecting data for evaluation purposes.

So where do we go from here?

In the short term, we feel the information gathered on our microsite is another strong sign that the Administration has embraced openness and will continue to look for ways to make our foreign assistance system more efficient and effective. Transparency is linked to accountability, and our community has been called on by Administration officials to hold them accountable for their reform commitments. We hope that the light we are shedding on PPD implementation will help all development stakeholders in holding the Administration accountable and advancing reform.

This site is not meant to be stagnant, and we hope today to launch a longer-term conversation with all development stakeholders—in DC, in the field, among citizens of developing countries, implementing partners, donor governments, multilateral organizations, and thinkers—about whether and how these changes are bearing fruit on the ground.  Is the direction our policies have taken the right one?  Are we achieving the desired results, or should we be doing more or differently?  We will be providing opportunities and prompts for you to contribute your voices to this conversation, through the microsite and our ModernizeAid blog. The more people contribute, the more accountability—and the better results—we will see.

As a sign of your support for this initiative, we encourage you to share the following message on Twitter and Facebook:

MFAN likes #transparency. RT to join us in holding the Admin accountable for development reforms