The Future of U.S. development policy

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

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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.


NGOs push back on positive US review of 'global gag rule'

The United States State Department issued its first review of the Mexico City Policy, or "global gag rule," six months after its implementation, showing that almost all of the foreign NGOs have chosen to comply with the new policy.


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."


In State of the Union, Trump unearths old US aid restrictions

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.


Can USAID use 'transition' metrics to help countries become more self-reliant?

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?


Q&A: Uganda's RHU warns of impact of global gag rule on its programs

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.


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.


White House adviser to be nominated for top job at MCC

The Trump administration plans to nominate Sean Cairncross, a top White House official, to lead the Millennium Challenge Corporation.


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.


USAID's business forecast provides insights for the year ahead

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.


How to defend aid in the Trump era: Try national security, business, and faith

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.


US lawmakers frustrated by lack of information about USAID reform plans

Republicans and Democrats alike voiced frustration at a lack of detail about the Trump administration’s plans to reorganize U.S. foreign affairs agencies.


Exclusive: Plans underway for new US development finance bank

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.


Bob Corker: Food aid reform threatened by 'nativist' White House interests

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.


US officials give a glimpse at Africa budget, policy objectives

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.


Opinion: The White House is ignoring Congress's call for US humanitarian leadership

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 Cardin blames Congress for US aid's 'budget disaster'

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.


Sullivan sees a leaner, more diverse State Dept, no USAID merger

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.


Senate committee backs reversal of Mexico City policy

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.


Opinion: How USAID is primed to transition countries from aid

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.


Special feature: American public opinion on aid in the Trump era

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?