Conor Savoy is the executive director of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. He has over a decade of experience working on issues related to U.S. foreign policy and international development. Prior to joining MFAN, he was the director of Policy and Advocacy for the Global Innovation Fund, a social-first impact investor. Previously, he served as deputy director of the Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. At CSIS, Conor helped build an innovative research program focused on the evolving role of the private sector in international development. He remains an active senior associate (nonresident) with his former program at CSIS. Earlier in his career, Conor worked as a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations, concentrating on U.S. foreign and national security policy. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from Boston University and a B.A. with honors in History from George Washington University.
According to experts, U.S. President Donald Trump’s recently released budget request for fiscal year 2021 will result in wasted taxpayer dollars, missed opportunities, and efficiency losses. This op-ed looks at the hidden costs of cuts.
Post-2015 discussions should focus not on foreign aid but on how to enable developing countries to improve tax collection and spend revenues wisely, allowing them to pay for their own development. A joint op-ed from CSIS' Dan Runde and Conor Savoy.