New U.S. foreign assistance principles offer roadmap to sustainability and country ownership

10 January 2018
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Today, Rabin Martin was one of more than 100 organizations to endorse the new Principles for Strategic Transitions from Development Aid developed by the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. As reform discussions continue within the U.S. Congress and the Administration, these Principles aim to orient U.S. development programs to achieve sustainability and responsibly help countries chart a path toward new forms of partnership with the United States.

“These principles provide a way to fundamentally reorient U.S. assistance to put partner countries first. This approach offers a responsible alternative to abruptly closing missions or cutting off aid from partner countries and people in need.” — Tessie San Martin, MFAN Co-Chair and President and CEO of Plan International USA

The seven principles encourage the U.S. Government to:

  1. Advance country ownership
  2. Determine transition readiness by development progress
  3. Mobilize public sector domestic resources for development
  4. Catalyze private sector investment for inclusive growth
  5. Prioritize transparency, evaluation, and accountability
  6. Safeguard gains and continue progress
  7. Celebrate country transitions

To date, organizations that have signed on to MFAN’s new Principles include the Global Health Council, InterAction, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, PATH, Save the Children, World Wildlife Federation and many others.

Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s (MFAN) Principles for Strategic Transitions from Development Aid

About MFAN

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) is a reform coalition of international development and foreign policy practitioners, policy advocates and experts, concerned citizens and private sector organizations. MFAN was created in 19xx to build upon the bipartisan consensus that has emerged over the last decade that the U.S. should play a leadership role in achieving economic growth and reducing poverty and suffering around the world, and that we can play this role more effectively, efficiently, and transparently.  MFAN’s Co-Chairs are George Ingram of the Brookings Institution, Tessie San Martin of Plan International USA, and Connie Veillette of The Lugar Center. Rabin Martin president & CEO, Dr. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, is a Principal of MFAN.



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