Series To Examine How Accountability, Country Ownership Can Advance U.S. Aid To Achieve Better Development Results

Devex: Advancing U.S. foreign aid reform for better development results
George Ingram, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children; and Connie Veillette, senior fellow at the Lugar Center, and all co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN)

“…[T]he Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network launched a policy paper last spring focused on how to make U.S. foreign assistance dollars, and the structures and policies that allocate and spend those dollars, work better. In it, we laid out our vision for ‘The Way Forward’ on foreign aid reform, focusing on two powerful and mutually reinforcing pillars: accountability through transparency, evaluation, and learning; and country ownership of the priorities and resources for and implementation of development. … Over the coming weeks, we will be doing a deeper reflection on our two pillar issues of country ownership and accountability and the specific actions we laid out in our policy paper that the U.S. government can take to strengthen foreign aid and development policy and practice. We will also look ahead to the opportunities to make progress on reform in 2015, both at the U.S. level and globally. We hope this series will spark a dialogue in the community…” (3/18).

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