To answer this call and hold the Administration accountable for the ambitious commitments in the PPD, MFAN asked U.S. government agencies involved in global development to respond to a series of questions assessing each agency’s progress on implementing the policy over the past 18 months. We are particularly focused on ensuring the Administration remains committed to transparency as this new approach to global development is brought to life. We hope the information that we’ve received from participating development agencies—published on this microsite—will spark discussion on the successes thus far and the opportunities that lie ahead. We will also aim to highlight areas where more needs to be done inside and outside of government to drive better development outcomes. Click here to read MFAN’s first anniversary assessment of the PPD.
At the policy level, the commitment and leadership of the Obama administration—through several White House directives instructing all agencies to embrace open government and open data that is machine readable and readily usable—has been superb. It has demonstrated it understands the value of making U.S. assistance data publicly available through the innovative Foreign Assistance Dashboard and subsequent agreement to join the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
ompleting the transformation of U.S. foreign assistance will reposition the U.S. as not just the most generous, but also the most strategic, innovative, and effective player in global development. We have saved and improved millions of lives over the last ten years and our efforts have helped strengthen our image abroad: a new field survey of aid recipient countries by Oxfam America finds that 83 percent of respondents believe the U.S. is a better development partner now than five years ago. The opportunity at hand for the next ten years is to turn progress into lasting change by helping those people take control of their own lives.
This progress could not have come at a better time; budget pressures demand better results, and the Agency will bear greater responsibility at the leading edge of U.S. foreign policy as our military leverage decreases in places like Afghanistan and the greater Middle East.