The Future of U.S. development policy

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USAID should 'rethink its culture of partnership with implementers,' inspector general says

USAID's private sector engagement policy takes shape

Late last year, USAID launched a new private sector engagement policy. Here's a look at what the agency's done so far as it works to implement it.


As peace gap widens, USAID must fix its 'procurement problem'

As the gap between peaceful and nonpeaceful countries grows, U.S. foreign assistance must play a key role in funding civil society organizations that support peacebuilding efforts, officials say.


Q&A: Why 'self-reliance' is the wrong goal for US aid

USAID Administrator Mark Green has garnered mostly positive reviews for his leadership and vision, but not everyone is on board with USAID's "journey to self-reliance." Devex speaks to Georgetown University's Matthew Kavanagh about why it's the wrong message for the moment.


Two years in, report finds 'global gag rule' cuts access to health care

The full extent of the Mexico City Policy impacts is becoming clear for those providing health services in Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya, according to a new report by the International Women's Health Coalition.


Opinion: Congress leads the way in rebalancing US foreign policy toward prevention

Uzra Zeya, president and CEO of Alliance for Peacebuilding, explores the promise of the newly passed Global Fragility Act.


To bolster conflict prevention, US House passes Global Fragility Act

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill laying out a new 10-year strategy that unites the State Department, USAID, and Defense Department around a new approach to preventing extremism and stabilizing fragile states.


Fund sharing and fragility in spotlight at Africa policy congressional hearing

The House Foreign Affairs committee held a wide-ranging hearing Thursday focused on how USAID, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense can coordinate on Africa policy. Here's what you need to know.


Implementers, missions in the dark about Central America assistance cuts

Implementers were assured more clarity within two weeks of Trump's announcement to cut aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. But seven weeks on, they have no information about if and how their programs may be impacted.


US lawmakers move to block White House 'rescission' attempts

Provisions buried in the latest House of Representatives budget bill aim to prevent the White House from rescinding foreign aid money that Congress has already appropriated. The bill takes aim at the "rescission" process, and at the Trump administration's human trafficking policies.


US House aid budget bill pushes back against Trump administration policies

A bill approved Friday would increase foreign aid funding by 3.9% from fiscal year 2019, and reject the Trump administration’s proposed cuts. The bill also seeks to address a number of issues that haven't been at the center of the last few budget cycles.


In 'enlightening' USAID budget hearing, new chairman calls for careful scrutiny

Sen. James Risch asked just one question of USAID Administrator Mark Green in his first hearing as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and voiced tempered support for a robust foreign assistance budget.


Proposed US budget cuts 'insane,' senator says at hearing with USAID chief

USAID Administrator Mark Green testified at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, defending the administration's proposed budget cuts. Green also fielded questions about Russia and China, the "global gag rule," and Central America.


Opinion: The 'global gag rule' hits PEPFAR implementers, study shows

The expanded gag rule has impeded the ability of PEPFAR implementing partners to provide full sexual and reproductive health services, disrupting the provision of contraception and HIV services.


Central America aid will be conditional, Mike Pompeo says

The Trump administration will provide a set of requirements to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras before the U.S. will consider resuming foreign assistance, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.


US congressman calls for foreign policy focused on prevention

The U.S. has fallen short on efforts to prevent conflict and help ensure stability, Rep. Mike McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Monday.


Mike Pompeo defends budget, policies in US House hearings

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on Capitol Hill Wednesday for a pair of hearings. Here's what he had to say, and what the hearings can tell you about foreign aid policy in the new U.S. Congress.


New US development finance institution edges toward launch

The U.S. government shutdown and Ray Washburne's departure from OPIC may have slowed things down, but the new U.S. Development Finance Corporation is moving forward. Here's what to know about the latest plans submitted to Congress.


US budget slashes global development funding, stresses burden sharing

For the third consecutive year, the Trump administration's budget proposes cuts to global development funding — as well as policy changes related to U.S. aid reorganization. Devex scoured the 150-page document so you don't have to.


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