The Future of U.S. development policy

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Q&A: OPIC's Ray Washburne on the proposed US development finance institution

USAID, State, and DOD to release first-ever Stabilization Assistance Review

The Trump administration is releasing the first of its kind interagency review of United States overseas involvement that creates a framework for how the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and Department of Defense can coordinate their efforts to streamline diplomacy, aid, and military operations around the world to maximize resources and results.


Former DCA head warns of perils of spinning agency into new US Development Finance Corporation

A former head of the Development Credit Authority cautioned that the proposed new Development Finance Corporation could end up jeopardizing the efficiency and ultimate success of current U.S. development lending institutions — if restructuring is not handled properly.


Exclusive: USAID chief unveils major organizational shakeup

USAID Administrator Mark Green has proposed a major restructuring of the U.S. Agency for International Development, including changes to humanitarian assistance, technological innovation, and how the agency manages its budget and policy.


USAID to unveil new organizational chart on Thursday

United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green is holding a series of staff meetings this week to present proposed changes to the agency's organizational structure, culminating in the rollout of a new organizational chart on Thursday. USAID plans to present a final plan to Congress this summer.


USAID's business forecast: Insights from the second quarter of 2018 release

The second quarter business forecast conference call and question and answer session, released by the United States Agency for International Development on March 29, provides new insight into how the organization is responding to budget insecurity and engaging the private sector in program delivery. Here, Devex brings you information on how business forecasts have changed since 2015 through our analysis and interactive visualization.


Opinion: Merging USAID's disaster offices means answering hard questions. Here they are.

The most recent directors of the United States Agency for International Development's disaster relief offices — the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and the Office of Food for Peace — outline five questions stakeholders in Congress and the relief community must ask before merging them into one standalone humanitarian assistance bureau.


What the budget bill says about the future of US aid

As they pored over the 2,000-plus page budget bill signed into law Friday in the United States, development experts hunted for winners and losers — and for signals as to how lawmakers will seek to steer U.S. development policy this year and into the future. Here are the details.


Congress again rejects steep cuts to US foreign assistance in new budget

The U.S. Congress has released a budget that largely maintains U.S. foreign aid funding at fiscal year 2017 levels, and once again rejects the steep cuts proposed by the Trump administration. The bill provides $54 billion in funding for state and foreign operations — a cut of about 6 percent. The White House had proposed roughly 33 percent cuts in a budget request released last month.


Lawmakers question USAID administrator on budget request

Federal lawmakers questioned United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green Wednesday about how he could carry out the agency's mission with the administration's proposed budget cuts and pushed him on issues from the government's response to humanitarian crises to girls education and democracy building. Here's what he had to say.


Pompeo's nomination carries risks, opportunity for US development efforts

On Tuesday, United States President Trump announced — via Twitter — the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take over from Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Development leaders spoke to Devex about what that could mean for U.S. aid.


Pompeo not expected to shake up US relations at the United Nations

In the wake of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's dramatic departure, experts do not see his replacement Mike Pompeo as likely to fundamentally change U.S. relationships at the United Nations, where they are firmly in the hands of Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N.


Support for new US development finance bill, even as some details are questioned

The bipartisan bill introduced Tuesday proposing the creation of a new United States development finance corporation could truly be a landmark piece of legislation, altering the U.S. development landscape for years or decades to come. While it has generally been well received, a few details may still need ironing out as the bill works its way through the political process. Here are the details.


Bipartisan bill gives US development finance a boost

The Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development, or BUILD Act, will create a new agency combining the Overseas Private Investment Corporation with parts of the United States Agency for International Development, and giving it the expanded financing capabilities to allow the U.S. to compete with European and Chinese development finance investments.


Opinion: The Development Credit Authority needs to stay in USAID

The White House has unveiled plans to transform the Overseas Private Investment Corporation into a new United States development finance institution. But in an effort to "reduce redundancy," the administration has proposed stripping the U.S. Agency for International Development of one of its most valuable tools: the Development Credit Authority. Former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios and former USAID Assistant Administrator Eric Postel explain.


Trump budget proposes more US aid cuts, but backs new DFI

President Trump’s 2019 budget request included all of the expected proposals to cut United States global development spending; but by backing a new development finance institution, it also endorsed one of the most significant aid reform ideas to gain serious traction in years.


Exclusive: New US DFI expected to get strong White House support

Bipartisan lawmakers in the United States are expected to introduce a bill calling for the creation of a new development finance institution as soon as next week. Sources with knowledge of the latest version of the proposal describe, "a very, very full-throated effort to provide this country with the most timely and effective way to engage in development finance that people can imagine."


US aid policy to watch in 2018

While 2016 was a big year for United States development legislation, last year was markedly quieter, dominated instead by budget debates and efforts to ensure aid funding. While development dollars will once again top the agenda in Congress, there are several pieces of legislation that are on that agenda as well. Here's a look.


How Trump's first year impacted developing countries

Devex spoke with a number of government officials, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, and U.S. Agency for International Development contractors about how the budget recommendations and policies coming through Washington are impacting people in developing countries. The picture they paint is one filled with apprehension, disruption, and the potential to reverse or limit gains and effectiveness.