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  • MFAN brief calls on Congress and administration to “Make Aid Go Further”
  • MFAN welcomes first-ever Defense Department evaluation policy
  • Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State
  • MFAN partners publish new research on country ownership
  • Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) assumes leadership of Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance
  • Former USAID Administrator Gayle Smith to lead ONE
  • News Clips & Job Openings
MFAN brief calls on Congress and administration to
“Make Aid Go Further”

 
MFAN recently released a one-page brief to accompany more detailed recommendations for Congress and the President that were released last fall.  The brief lays out why aid matters, how recent and ongoing reforms have led to results, and what the new administration and Congress can do to further progress.  The recommendations distill proposals from MFAN’s more comprehensive transition memo: continue to elevate development among the national security pillars of diplomacy and defense; reform humanitarian assistance; help country partners generate their own revenue on a path to aid independence; and work more intentionally with the private sector to spur economic growth and investment.
 
Read the brief here.
MFAN welcomes first-ever Defense Department evaluation policy
 
Last month, in an exclusive post on MFAN’s blog, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the establishment of its first-ever evaluation policy for security cooperation programs.  The Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation framework establishes a systematic approach for tracking and evaluating the Department’s $9 billion security cooperation portfolio.  This policy follows on Congressional action to increase the transparency and accountability of DoD’s security programs in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act. U.S. foreign assistance agencies have made significant progress in transparency, evaluation, and learning, and MFAN was pleased to see DoD join the State Department, USAID, and MCC in establishing a rigorous framework for accountability.
 
Read a statement from the MFAN Co-Chairs here.  See here for the exclusive blog from former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation, Thomas W. Ross Jr.  MFAN’s Stephanie Cappa also posted a blog on the policy, and Executive Committee Member Diana Ohlbaum authored a piece in The Hill.
Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State
 
On February 1, the Senate voted to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.  The former CEO of Exxon Mobil became the 69th U.S. Secretary of State by a vote of 56-43.  During his confirmation hearing Tillerson faced questions about the United States’ diplomatic engagement around the world, but he was also asked by more than a dozen members about development and foreign assistance-related issues.  Over the course of the proceedings and in written responses, Tillerson expressed support for a fully empowered USAID, highlighted the importance of transparency and accountability in foreign assistance, and recognized MCC’s model of “ownership on the part of the [partner] country” as a key to the agency’s success.  The MFAN Co-Chairs have sent a letter to Tillerson introducing MFAN’s agenda.

See Secretary Tillerson's first remarks at the State Department here.
MFAN partners publish new research on country ownership
 
In light of Secretary of State Tillerson’s recent confirmation and his expressed-support for MCC’s ownership model, MFAN recently posted a blog highlighting two reports on ownership from network partners.  Oxfam America and Save the Children’s study, The Power of Ownership, uses a jointly-developed measurement framework to measure aspects of country ownership in MCC and USAID projects.  The Center for Global Development (CGD) also recently released a report, Implementing Ownership at USAID and MCC: A US Agency-Level Perspective, which aims to assess how ownership is conceptualized and implemented at USAID and MCC.  MFAN’s blog highlights each study’s findings and outlines the authors’ recommendations for how Secretary Tillerson and the Trump Administration can further country ownership and increase development impact.
 
See here for the MFAN blog, here for a blog from Oxfam and Save the Children, and here for a post from CGD.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) assumes leadership of Caucus for
Effective Foreign Assistance

 
Representative Ted Yoho has joined Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance following the retirement of founding co-chair Congressman Ander Crenshaw this past Congress.  MFAN looks forward to continuing our work with the Caucus to make U.S. assistance more efficient and effective.
Former USAID Administrator Gayle Smith to lead ONE
 
This week the ONE Campaign announced former USAID Administrator Gayle Smith will be joining the organization as President and CEO.  Smith was a founding co-chair of MFAN and has remained a strong champion of foreign assistance reform throughout her time in the Obama Administration.  MFAN welcomes Smith back to the advocacy community and looks forward to continuing our work with ONE to modernize U.S. foreign assistance to reduce poverty and increase opportunity around the world.
 
See here for a statement from ONE.
Job Openings:
Oxfam America – Campaigns Advisor
International Youth Foundation – Program Coordinator, Eurasia/U.S.
MCC, PEPFAR – Tanzania Country Program Coordinator
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