Ohlbaum is an independent consultant, an executive committee member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and a principal of Turner4D, a strategic communications firm. She has served as senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a senior professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives.
At Rex Tillerson's confirmation hearing on Wednesday, asking serious questions could be a risky proposition for Senate Republicans since they could trigger ill-considered policy statements that are difficult to reverse. But at a minimum, senators and the American public have a right to expect answers to four fundamental questions on foreign aid and development.
We don't all have time to read the full text of the U.S. government's Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. Aid expert Diana Ohlbaum has the lowdown on what you need to know — in 140 characters or less.
We, in the international development community, may be doing well by doing good, but we’d be doing better by putting ourselves out of business, writes Diana Ohlbaum in the final part of our series "Foreign aid effectiveness: A radical rethink."
Ultimately, foreign aid donors like the U.S. government have to stop issuing contracts — completely! writes Diana Ohlbaum in part six of the thought-provoking Devex series "Foreign aid effectiveness: A radical rethink."
Establishing tight restrictions and requirements on foreign aid spending may seem responsible, but it could defeat the entire point of international development cooperation, writes Diana Ohlbaum in part five in the Devex series "Foreign aid effectiveness: A radical rethink."
No wonder foreign aid donors are often blamed for being more interested in creating jobs at home than building capacity abroad, writes Diana Ohlbaum in part four of "Foreign Aid Effectiveness: A Radical Rethink," her unflinching look at U.S. aid reform.
Do cash transfers boost development more than billion-dollar aid projects, which often lack sustainability or never get off the ground? Diana Ohlbaum — a Washington insider — takes a hard look in part 2 of our series "Foreign aid effectiveness: A radical rethink."
In the name of capacity building, we train partners in the developing world to administer subgrants from foreign aid donors. It's perpetuating and franchising the donor-recipient relationship, writes Diana Ohlbaum in part 3 of our series "Foreign aid effectiveness: A radical rethink."
A Capitol Hill insider speaks out: "Maybe Jesse Helms was right," writes Diana Ohlbaum — a former senior professional staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee — in the first part of our series "Foreign aid effectiveness: A radical rethink." An unflinching look at USAID's troubled push for procurement reform and more accountability.