A Reform Agenda for 2014 and Beyond

From Policy to PracticeAt less than one percent of the federal budget, U.S. development programs save and improve millions of lives that would otherwise be lost or mired in poverty. We support these programs not only because it is right, but because it is in our vital national interest.

We also want U.S. development interventions to be as effective as possible. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have taken important steps toward reforming U.S. development policy and practice, but still more work needs to be done.

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) outlines two powerful and mutually reinforcing pillars of reform – accountability through transparency, evaluation and learning; and country ownership of the priorities and resources for, and implementation of, development. We believe that, together, accountability and country ownership are vital prerequisites to building the kind of capacity in developing countries that will help enable leaders and citizens to take responsibility for their own development.

The landscape for country ownership and accountability is rapidly evolving under greater pressure from citizens in developing countries and at home, and the U.S. needs to keep up. Converting these pillars into policy and embedding them in practice is hard work, but will be the key to lasting change.

MFAN believes the time to push the envelope on these reforms is now.