MFAN Unveils Revised US Aid Reform Policy Agenda

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network has released an updated policy agenda for U.S. foreign assistance reform, in which MFAN identifies a series of “practical and cost-effective steps” it says policymakers should take in order to create a foreign aid system that delivers both quick results and long-term, sustainable development solutions.

Below are the actions MFAN is encouraging the U.S. Congress and Obama administration to jointly work together on, in verbatim:

- Give reform durability by forging bipartisan agreement on key reforms that can be codified in law.- Bolster accountability across our assistance programs by expanding new initiatives like the USAID Dashboard  which allows people to access clear information about funding and results, to include all federal agencies’ foreign assistance programs. - Increase local ownership of, and responsibility for, assistance programs by making sure decision on development spending are driven by developing-country priorities and realities, rather than just a Washington perspective. - Ensure assistance is more strategic by better defining the differences between development-focused efforts and national security-focused efforts, and making changes to the way we plan, fund, and execute programs as a result. - Make U.S. food assistance programs more effective by eliminating restrictions that impede efficient procurement and delivery. Utilize administrative and legislative tools to fully implement USAID’s internal reforms.

MFAN, a coalition of international foreign policy and development practitioners, policy advocates and experts, private sector organizations and concerned citizens, works with Congress and the administration to set a reform agenda toward U.S. development aid and policy that “works harder” for the U.S. public and beneficiaries in developing countries.

The complete revised policy document is attached below.

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    As senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributes to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.