The current demands on global development and emergency humanitarian aid are very high, stemming from issues such as conflict, climate change, and natural disasters. U.S. global leadership is critical to helping address these needs and build on the progress made in the last two decades to lift people out of poverty. To boost these programs’ impact and their return on investment for U.S. taxpayers, it’s important to ensure they are evidence-based, data-driven, transparent, and locally-led.
On January 24, MFAN partnered with the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance to host a briefing on Capitol Hill to explore these issues around the accountability of foreign assistance. The panel discussion featured: Michele Sumilas (Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Planning, Learning and Resource Management, USAID); Jessica Lieberman (Deputy Managing Director, Planning, Performance, and Systems, Office of Foreign Assistance, U.S. Department of State); Alicia Phillips Mandaville (Vice President, Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation); Erin Collinson (Director of Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development); Sally Paxton (U.S. Representative, Publish What You Fund); and was moderated by Lori Rowley (MFAN Policy Group Co-Chair).
Following the September relaunch of the Caucus under the leadership of Co-Chairs Reps. Young Kim (R-CA) and Adam Smith (D-WA), this briefing examined the bipartisan effort in both Congress and the Executive Branch to strengthen the accountability and effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance and discussed what remains done to further strengthen transparency, monitoring and evaluation, and learning.
For more information, see also: Aid Effectiveness: Accomplishments to Date and the Unfinished Agenda (modernizeaid.net)