Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.
Protesters attempting to draw attention to the gap between the urgency of climate action and the pace of negotiations in Madrid were removed from the COP25 venue on Wednesday and given no information about whether they would be allowed back in.
A multilateral development bank working group outlined its progress in helping institutions align with the Paris climate agreement at COP25. The true test will be whether MDBs can play a transformative role in building low-carbon economies, observers say.
USAID manages roughly $1 billion in projects in Iraq — despite the recent violent government crackdown and the Trump administration's staff withdrawal. Devex speaks with USAID Iraq Mission Director Dana Mansuri about how the agency's strategy is evolving.
As the hottest decade in recorded history draws to a close, climate advocates gathered in Madrid are pressing for a range of financing options that can help bridge the gap between a global crisis and an insufficient response.
In September 2018, President Donald Trump announced a review of U.S. foreign assistance. While that process has not been finalized, U.S. Agency for International Development officials were told to explain how their 2019 program plans advanced the realignment's 10 principles.
When the U.S. Agency for International Development needed to direct more funding to religious groups in the Middle East, it found a perfect model in Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's fund for persecuted Christians.