The Future of U.S. development policy

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Q&A: A career spent advocating for effective US foreign assistance

USAID chief lays out a Trump development doctrine

"The American approach ... moves countries from being recipients, to partners, to fellow donors," Mark Green said at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition on Wednesday.


How policy wonks, politicos, and a conservative Republican remade US aid

The Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development, or BUILD Act, has been praised as an example of bipartisan cooperation in a fractious political era. Here's how the new U.S. development finance institution came to be.


High-level support for PEPFAR, with budget cut proposals looming

As U.S. Congress reauthorized the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Trump administration officials voiced support for PEPFAR and announced new funding commitments. That doesn't mean they won't try again to slash the initiative's budget next year.


Long Story Short #37: US foreign assistance review, explained

The Trump administration's foreign aid review could have significant implications for the next round of foreign aid budget planning. Senior reporter Michael Igoe and engagement editor Kate Midden discuss what we know and what the process means for U.S. aid.


Opinion: 4 essential steps for BUILD Act's development finance agency

Experts from the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network outline four steps the U.S. Congress and the White House can take to make the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation deliver on its promise.


The next battle for US aid is about to begin

The U.S. development community is bracing for the arrival of a White House foreign assistance review that could signal a more concerted Trump administration effort to disrupt foreign assistance.


Opinion: The White House foreign aid review is long overdue. Here's how to get reform right.

Three development leaders and former U.S. aid agency executives applaud the White House undertaking of a foreign assistance review — but express concern that current thinking could hurt national interests.


US ambassador to El Salvador contradicts Trump on aid

Ambassador Jean Manes said the U.S. government remains committed to the Alliance for Prosperity and addressing root causes of migration in Central America as President Donald Trump threatens to cut off aid.


Opinion: Trump’s first blow against reproductive rights was in the developing world

Many impacted by the "global gag rule" have no recourse to fight back against the tragedy the White House policy has inflicted upon their community, writes Brian Dixon of the Population Connection Action Fund.


Opinion: Here's how to build a competitive US Development Finance Corporation

The United States has an opportunity to position itself as a champion of development finance — and unlock the trillions needed to achieve our development goals.


A new US development finance agency takes flight

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday sent the BUILD Act to President Donald Trump's desk. The bill, a culmination of bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill and backed by the administration, will create a new U.S. development finance institution. Here's what's next.


US foreign aid policy must be bipartisan, lawmakers say

Foreign assistance programs play a key role in national security and in helping the U.S. counter China abroad, Representatives Ted Yoho, a Republican from Florida, and Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington said.


In Trump's US aid review, can development principles prevail?

Following President Trump's speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Devex spoke to USAID Administrator Mark Green about what will guide U.S. foreign assistance in the future — development principles or American self-interest.


White House abandons plan to rescind billions in US foreign aid

The White House Office of Management and Budget informed lawmakers on Tuesday that it would not move forward with a controversial plan to rescind billions of dollars in U.S. foreign assistance funding.


White House 'rescission' plan throws aid community into uncharted waters

The Trump administration wants to rescind billions of dollars of foreign assistance money that the U.S. Congress already appropriated. Can anyone stop them?


White House opens new front in war on US aid budget

The latest effort by the White House Office of Management and Budget to cut U.S. foreign assistance indicates that the Trump administration is tired of seeing its spending plans overturned by Congress.


Set of congressional budget hearings lay out US aid funding

U.S. congressional appropriators met this week to approve the foreign aid budget, once again pushing back on President Donald Trump's proposed cuts and keeping funding at around the same levels as last fiscal year. Disagreements during the House Committee on Appropriations hearing, however, might point to trouble passing the bill.


Trump's Central America threat backs USAID chief into a corner

On Wednesday, USAID Administrator Mark Green faced questions from Congress about President Donald Trump's latest threat to cut U.S. foreign assistance funding.


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