MFAN's November Newsletter
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Latest News:

  • MFAN urges incoming administration & Congress to prioritize development effectiveness
  • MFAN Co-Chairs highlight ‘banner year’ for aid effectiveness in The Hill
  • MFAN thanks White House for public announcement of baseline for DRM activities
  • Oxfam and Save the Children to release new country ownership research at public event
  • PEPFAR launches new open data tool, Panorama Spotlight
  • Publish What You Fund releases transparency recommendations for next administration
  • President Obama’s Global Development Council publishes final report
  • MFAN to host Capitol Hill reception honoring Representative Crenshaw
  • Job Openings & News Clips
MFAN urges incoming administration & Congress to prioritize development effectiveness
Last week MFAN released its memo to the presidential transition teams with practical recommendations for how to strengthen U.S. development policy and practice.  The memo calls for the continued elevation of development as an important foreign policy tool and the prioritization of aid effectiveness through accountability and country ownership.  It also highlights three areas MFAN believes are ripe for reform: reforming humanitarian assistance, including food aid; moving into new forms of partnership beyond aid; and enhancing development finance and enabling private sector investment.
MFAN will be exploring each topic more in depth with a forthcoming blog series. This high-level series will tell the story of why MFAN is prioritizing these important reforms, and why the next administration and Congress should be too.  Be sure to follow along on MFAN’s blog and social media.
Read MFAN’s statement on the transition recommendations here, and the full memo here.
MFAN Co-Chairs highlight ‘banner year’ for aid effectiveness in The Hill
The MFAN Co-Chairs recently authored an article in The Hill which celebrates the bipartisan successes in foreign aid reform of the last year.  The piece outlines encouraging progress on foreign assistance related legislation that counters the usual narrative of gridlock and partisanship.  Examples of these achievements are the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act and the Global Food Security Act, both of which were signed into law this summer.  Additionally, the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act contains aid effectiveness language, and the Economic Growth and Development Act (S. 3227), sponsored by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), David Perdue (R-GA) and Chris Coons (D-DE), calls for greater engagement with the private sector by U.S. development agencies.  MFAN hopes the spirit of bipartisanship and smart reforms will continue into the next Congress. 
Read the full article here.
MFAN thanks White House for public announcement of 
baseline for DRM activities

MFAN recently wrote to the National Security Council’s Mary Beth Goodman and USAID’s Eric Postel thanking them for publicly announcing a U.S. government-wide baseline from which it will meet its Addis Tax Initiative commitment to ‘significantly increase’ support for domestic resource mobilization (DRM). The baseline figure of $26 million includes activities for USAID, Treasury Department, State Department, and MCC. MFAN’s letter also calls for more information on how individual agencies intend to use their annual policy and budget planning to meet the 2020 commitment.
The $26 million figure follows a call from MFAN in July for the release of a baseline from which the United States’ commitment to increasing DRM assistance can be measured.
Read the recent letter here and MFAN’s principles for DRM can be found here.
Oxfam and Save the Children to release new country ownership
research at public event

Save the date for the upcoming Oxfam and Save the Children event launching new research on country ownership.  The event, titled The Power of Ownership: Transforming US Foreign Assistance, will be held on Wednesday, November 16th at 9:00AM in the Ronald Reagan Building. Congresswoman Barbara Lee will deliver the keynote speech, which will be followed by an panel featuring John Kalenzi of the African Evangelistic Enterprise in Rwanda, Michael Ketover of USAID/Ghana, and Bonaria Siahaan of MCC’s Millennium Challenge Account in Indonesia. 
See more details about the event and RSVP here.
PEPFAR launches new open data tool, Panorama Spotlight
PEPFAR recently launched Panorama Spotlight, a new open data and data visualization platform where new data will be publicly released on a quarterly basis. The platform will feature national and subnational level results. It is PEPFAR’s hope that by releasing data at a granular level, partners can provide input and help find program innovations.

Check out the new tool here.
Publish What You Fund releases transparency recommendations
for next administration

At a recent event co-hosted by Oxfam, Publish What You Fund (PWYF) released two new reports. The first report outlines gains made to date on aid transparency in the U.S., and the second provides recommendations to the next administration on how to maintain and accelerate progress on transparency.  PWYF recommends fulfilling the U.S. commitment to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), increasing the use of data for decision making, building the demand for data, and joining up IATI data with other resource flows for a more complete picture.
See the assessment of U.S. transparency here and the presidential recommendations here.  Also, read blogs from MFAN Co-Chair George Ingram and MFAN Executive Committee Member Tessie San Martin.
President Obama’s Global Development Council publishes final report  
The President’s Global Development Council (GDC) recently hosted a public event to release its final report for this administration. The event featured opening remarks from Mary Beth Goodman of the National Security Council and GDC Chair Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian, followed by a panel discussion among GDC members moderated by MFAN Executive Committee Member John Norris of the Center for American Progress.
The Council’s three specific ideas for the next administration are to increase cash-based programming, overhaul the humanitarian system, and establish a Forest Foundation Fund.
See here for the full report.
MFAN to host Hill reception honoring Representative Crenshaw

Save the date! On Tuesday, November 29th from 5:30 – 7:00PM, MFAN will be hosting a reception on Capitol Hill (1300 Longworth) honoring Representative Ander Crenshaw, who will be retiring at the end of this Congress after serving as both a founding co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance and a leading member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Emma Gatewood (
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