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MFAN Co-Chair Featured in NY Times “Room for Debate”

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
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Do YOU think we can afford to cut foreign aid?

The New York Times “Room for Debate,” the premier forum that invites experts to debate timely issues, poses that question to four respondents this week in “Can’t Afford Aid, or Can’t Afford to Cut It?” MFAN Co-Chair David Beckmann is one of the featured respondents.

As part of the MFAN network, we want you to leave a comment on Beckmann’s page here in support of his argument and the notion that cutting foreign aid is not the solution to our fiscal problems. Share this link on Facebook and Twitter with your networks to amplify your support. You can also join Room for Debate on Facebook and follow updates on

Beckmann, President of Bread for the World, writes, “Whether we like it or not, whether we have serious economic problems in our country or not, our fate is inexorably tied to the fate of poor peoples around the world.”

Ambassador Mark Green is also featured, making an articulate case that outlines why foreign assistance is critical to our economic security and opportunity.

Fall 2012 Interns — Apply Now!

Monday, August 6th, 2012
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The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) – a coalition of foreign policy experts, international development practitioners, and NGOs dedicated to effective foreign assistance programs – is seeking a motivated intern for the fall. MFAN’s learning internships offer an opportunity to explore the nuances of foreign aid reform and U.S. government advocacy. Internships are unpaid but include a travel stipend.

Intern duties will include:

  • Attending congressional hearings and community events, and providing summaries to MFAN staff
  • Tracking relevant news stories and partner publications
  • Assisting with event planning
  • Data entry and other administrative and support duties as needed

Interns will gain:

  • Exposure to international development and foreign assistance reform
  • Knowledge of U.S. government affairs and processes
  • Relationships within the NGO community


  • Rising junior or higher in college
  • Background or demonstrated interest in political science, public policy, international affairs, development, or related field
  • Experience in an administrative setting
  • Ability to work independently
  • Courteous, professional demeanor
  • Eagerness to learn and help

Interested candidates can submit their resumes and cover letters to Amy Polglase at


Mark Your Calendars — Week of June 25, 2012

Thursday, June 21st, 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 Co-Chairs New Op-ed: More Sunlight on US Foreign Assistance

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
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In a new op-ed in Devex, MFAN’s Co-Chairs David Beckmann, George Ingram, and Jim Kolbe argue that increased transparency in US foreign assistance will make these programs more effective and, ultimately, bolster their support. The co-chairs urge policymakers to enhance aid transparency measures to not only allow citizens of countries who receive US assistance to hold their governments accountable, but to share success stories of programs that are working and where efficiencies are being found as part of the larger foreign assistance reform effort. They write:

“Few decisions will have as large a global impact as the ones policymakers will soon make about the fate of the international affairs budget and the programs it funds, like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Feed the Future, which have helped improve countless lives over the last decade. Increased transparency, particularly on the part of the Obama administration, will go a long way toward ensuring that we come out of this budget round with the resources and momentum it will take to capitalize on progress toward development outcomes and reform.”

To hold the Obama Administration accountable for critical development reforms, MFAN launched a microsite, Policy to Action, which tracks how transparently key development agencies are implementing the reforms in DC and in the field. Click here to read more about MFAN’s push for aid transparency.


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