President Trump did not say much about United States foreign aid in his first State of the Union address, but what he did say left development advocates with a familiar headache.
U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green wants the agency's programs to focus on building self-reliance so that countries can take over management and funding themselves. Can better metrics help USAID reorient its spending — or will they create political headaches?
Reproductive Health Uganda is one of Uganda’s leading NGOs providing services related to sexual health and reproductive rights. But it now faces a number of challenges to its work, including a recent move by the United States to bring back the Mexico City Policy, or "global gag rule." Devex spoke to RHU Executive Director Jackson Chekweko about the policy and other challenges.
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.
The Trump administration plans to nominate Sean Cairncross, a top White House official, to lead the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
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.
The USAID business forecast data for the first quarter of 2018 is here — and Devex has analyzed it to offer insights into the key areas of opportunities for private sector partnerships supporting development outcomes for the year ahead.
The Trump administration's America First stance and proposed deep cuts to the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development have left many looking for tactics to defend overseas spending. Try national security, business opportunities or religious faith, experts tell the Global Washington summit.
Republicans and Democrats alike voiced frustration at a lack of detail about the Trump administration’s plans to reorganize U.S. foreign affairs agencies.
The United States may soon have a new development finance corporation. Efforts are underway in Congress and in the Trump administration to create a new development finance institution with greater capabilities and the ability to grow. Here's what you need to know.
Republican Bob Corker, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made a strong case for United States food aid reform on Thursday, but said that some within the White House may try to block it.
There had been relatively little in the way of public statements about President Donald Trump's administration's positions on Africa policy, but in speeches this week and at a congressional hearing, U.S. officials provided some insight.
Mixed messages from the White House and Congress are resulting in lost opportunities for the U.S. to show its global leadership — and the lives of 70 million people hang in the balance.
Senator Ben Cardin, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar about the need to return to a normal budget process, the Trump administration's efforts to circumvent congressional policy, and the future of U.S. aid reform.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told a House Foreign Affairs Committee that it is possible to lead a more nimble, diverse operation with one-third of the budget — despite skepticism cast by some congressional members. He also admitted morale was low, but he shot down rumors of a merger of State with USAID.
The Senate appropriations committee unanimously approved a foreign aid funding bill that contains some budget cuts, but was amended to both include repealing the Mexico City policy — or "global gag rule" — and providing $10 million in climate change-related funds.
The new USAID administrator was confirmed on a promise to see aid work itself out of a job, transitioning sectors and countries off of U.S. support. USAID is primed with experience and processes to make those transitions successful, writes Justin Fugle, senior advisor for policy and program outreach at Plan International USA.
In this third part of our series on American public opinion of foreign aid, now comes the question on most readers' minds: what does this wealth of polling data tell us about the public’s opinion of foreign assistance during the Trump presidency? And perhaps more importantly, what can and should the development community do about it?