The Future of U.S. development policy

Embrace the future and the uncertainty: Advice from former Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet

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By Sophie Edwards

The former head of the Peace Corps has urged American development workers to apply the same principles and energy they dedicate to their work abroad with their fellow citizens back home in the U.S. amid the "uncertainty" and "division" characterized by the new Trump administration. Here are Hessler-Radelet's three "challenges" for the development community.


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