The Future of U.S. development policy

Nikki Haley, Trump's pick for UN ambassador, pushes back against entire defunding of UN in hearings

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By Amy Lieberman

Haley, the governor of South Carolina, diverged from other leading Republican politicians, saying that she would look carefully at each U.N. body and agency. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee indicated it would likely confirm her shortly.


As Trump takes office, developing countries question green finance

An adviser to the Indian government warns of a cooling in relations if the incoming administration reneges on funding commitments. He and other climate experts have high hopes for riskier and more "business-driven" climate investments under the Donald Trump administration.


How US Republican threats to cut UN funding could actually play out

Devex talks with Sebastian von Einsiedel, director of the U.N. University-Centre for Policy Research, after U.S. Republican senators introduce a bill that would make all U.N. funding dependent on a Security Council resolution on Israel.


Development community weighs implications of Rex Tillerson Senate hearings

After advocating for certain issues to take the spotlight during the all-day session, NGOs react to Tillerson's first public views on U.S. aid and development.


Rex Tillerson outlines US aid vision, with few commitments to climate change and health, during Senate hearings

President-elect Donald Trump's selection for secretary of state touched on the Millennium Challenge Corp., PEPFAR, USAID and other issues during the Wednesday Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.


Trump's fiscal policies to have major implications for developing economies — World Bank

The World Bank's latest economic forecast predicts modest growth for the global economy in 2017 but says this could go up, or down, depending in large part on President-elect Donald Trump's plans for the U.S. economy.


Opinion: 4 questions on foreign aid for Rex Tillerson

At Rex Tillerson's confirmation hearing on Wednesday, asking serious questions could be a risky proposition for Senate Republicans since they could trigger ill-considered policy statements that are difficult to reverse. But at a minimum, senators and the American public have a right to expect answers to four fundamental questions on foreign aid and development.


In exit memo to Obama, USAID chief points to 'hard work ahead'

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Gayle Smith shared her thoughts on what needs to happen to build "the USAID the world needs."


OPIC exit memo: 'We are an agency whose time has come'

The Overseas Private Investment Corp., which faces an uncertain fate and a likely difficult reauthorization process, submitted its exit memo to the White House on Thursday. Here's a look at what it says.


US climate envoy is hopeful, but not optimistic

Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, found himself in a difficult position last month as he tried to convince others at the COP22 climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, that Donald Trump's presidency would not reverse their progress.


Examining Heritage's views on aid as foundation plays key Trump transition role

The Heritage Foundation, according to sources Devex has spoken to and news reports, is playing a central role in filling positions in the President-elect Donald Trump's administration. It's unclear how policy recommendations may be influenced just yet but here is a look at what the foundation's recommendations have been.


If Trump ties aid to national security, will NGOs stand on principle?

The president-elect's campaign rhetoric has some NGO leaders worried he could pull development closer to national security. In the meantime, they are looking for opportunities to talk with the incoming administration.


8 possible picks for Trump's USAID administrator

The president-elect hasn't said much about U.S. global development programs — and who will lead them — but a few names are bubbling to the surface.


What we know about Exxon's Rex Tillerson and his likely impact on development

The ExxonMobil CEO's record on climate change — and lack of direct experience in development and aid — is raising some concern in the development industry over how he will lead as secretary of state.


Top Trump supporter calls for US aid to be 'very dramatically overhauled'

U.S. aid policy is due for a "profound rethink," according to Newt Gingrich, top Trump supporter and former speaker of the House.


Washington state on navigating uncertainty in Washington, DC

A central question across most of the sessions at the Global Washington conference was how to move forward given so many questions about the future of support from the U.S. government for issues such as malaria, access to clean water, or climate change. Here are some of the top takeaways.


USAID is ready, but still waiting, for the Trump transition

Donald Trump's landing team hasn't arrived at the U.S. Agency for International Development yet, leaving sitting aid officials to wonder whether they'll have time to brief the incoming administration in person or whether their written briefings will have to do.


Republican aid professionals on what's next for aid in a Trump administration

It is difficult to know exactly what will happen in the Trump administration. But Devex spoke with several Republican aid professionals to get their predictions and recommendations.


USAID administrator Gayle Smith on Obama's development legacy

The outgoing USAID administrator, Gayle Smith, talks about the future of aid agency under President-elect Donald Trump, looks back on its progress over the last eight years, and outlines five recommendations for strengthening the agency going forward.


Q&A: White House energy chief on Trump transition and climate change

The private sector is leading a shift toward renewable energy, said John Morton, White House senior director of energy and climate change and former chief operating officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corp.


Gates CEO says polio's return to Nigeria is her 'biggest disappointment'

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflected on her biggest disappointment since joining the world's largest foundation in 2014 — and had a word of advice for Donald Trump.