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MFAN’s aid reform round-up

May 23, 2023

Dear Friends of MFAN  –

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new MFAN newsletter, which will be published bi-monthly to keep you apprised of our coalition’s work to strengthen the effectiveness and accountability of U.S. foreign assistance. We’re pleased to report that it’s been a busy first half of 2023.

Guests at a Capitol Hill reception on April 25, 2023 hosted by MFAN, UnlockAid, and the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) to honor champions in global development

At times like these when the demands on U.S. global health and development programs are acute, it’s imperative that we have a modern, nimble, and well-resourced development toolkit that prioritizes accountability and evidence of impact. That means:

  • Supporting evidence-based development programs, building on accountability and principles of monitoring, evaluation, and learning;
  • Utilizing new and innovative approaches to development;
  • Building and expanding the USG’s partnerships with new and diverse stakeholders, including national and local actors and the private sector;
  • Boosting financing for development; and
  • Improving USG foreign assistance policy and inter-agency coherence

Below are some highlights of MFAN’s recent work to advance these objectives:

  • We were pleased to submit testimony for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s March 9th hearing on USAID’s localization work and that one of our members (Bill O’Keeffe, Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy, Catholic Relief Services) testified at the hearing. The hearing provided important affirmation that there is bipartisan recognition of the merits of locally led development.
MFAN member Bill O'Keefe (left), Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy at Catholic Relief Services, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development

  • MFAN provided testimony on the fiscal year 2024 budget to both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State-Foreign Operations. Our testimony focused on policy measures to strengthen the operations and programs of USAID, the MCC, and the DFC.
  • We’ve worked with the offices of Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Young Kim (R-CA) on the contents of the Fostering Innovation in Global Development Act (FIGDA), which was introduced on April 25. MFAN strongly supports the bill, as it will help USAID do more to finance and incentivize innovative solutions to development challenges.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
Rep. Young Kim (R-CA)
  • Tied to the introduction of FIGDA, we partnered with Unlock Aid and the Federation of American Scientists in hosting a reception on Capitol Hill honoring innovators in global development. We were honored to have Reps. Castro and Kim speak at the event.
Capitol Hill reception hosted by MFAN, UnlockAid, and the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) to honor innovators in global development
MFAN Policy Director, Tod Preston (right) speaks with Rep. Castro and Sid Ravishankar, Rep. Castro’sDeputy Chief of Staff
  • We partnered with MFAN member Publish What You Fund on research to establish an independent and replicable baseline to measure and track funding for USAID’s 25% localization funding target. USAID participated at the March 1 report launch, and we continue to be in frequent contact with USAID to press them to be bold and transparent with their localization work.
MFAN & Publish What You Fund March 1, 2023 Launch of "Metrics Matter for Locally Led Development" report
  • We also produced two new publications:
  • A factsheet providing an overview of our coalition’s mission and work – including our policy priorities for Congress and the Administration.

As always, we welcome your comments and feedback on our work -- and please be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Lester Munson, MFAN Co-Chair   Larry Nowels, MFAN Co-Chair   Tessie San Martin  MFAN Co-Chair , CEO, FHI 360

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