Michael Igoe


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.

Latest Articles

Brexit fallout, World Bank elections, and a deadly day in Nairobi: This week in development
17 Jan 2019

Development organizations mourn staff and leaders in Nairobi, Oxfam’s leaders welcome a highly critical report, and the World Bank presidential race heats up.

The World Bank presidential race heats up
17 Jan 2019

Who will President Trump nominate to succeed Jim Kim? America's hold on the World Bank presidency could be on the line.

Win, lose, or draw: how US aid priorities fared in 2018
21 Dec 2018

2018 was a tumultuous year for U.S. foreign aid programs and institutions. These are Devex's winners and losers.

Syria withdrawal, UK aid rankings, and a Global Compact on Refugees: This week in development
20 Dec 2018

The United Nations adopts a Global Compact on Refugees, the Trump administration weighs new rules for aid to North Korea, and the U.K. tumbles in aid effectiveness rankings.

Q&A: US troop withdrawal shifts risk to NGOs in Syria
20 Dec 2018

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria. Joel Charny, executive director of Norwegian Refugee Council USA, spoke to Devex about what that could mean for humanitarian and stabilization efforts in the region.

3 takeaways from COP24
17 Dec 2018

After more than 24 hours of delay and negotiations that stretched through multiple nights, delegates at the climate conference in Katowice, Poland, finally agreed to a "rulebook" for the Paris Agreement.

Q&A: What development organizations should know about the 'Paris rulebook'
15 Dec 2018

Apart from addressing a global challenge that will fundamentally alter global development, the Paris Agreement's "rulebook" contains specific details that have practical implications for development practitioners. Devex spoke to Will McGoldrick, director of climate strategy at the Nature Conservancy, about why he watches these negotiations so closely.

When it comes to climate finance, a tale of two Chinas
14 Dec 2018

China's $900 billion Belt and Road Initiative could play a huge role in setting countries on a path to low-carbon development. But first, China will have to get its domestic and overseas investments on the same, renewable page.

Why the World Bank decided against an emissions target
12 Dec 2018

Despite announcing significant new climate change targets, the World Bank decided not to set its own emissions reduction goal. The bank's climate director explains why not.

Engineers sound alarm about climate change and infrastructure
11 Dec 2018

Climate change alters the calculus about what to build and how to build it, but countries need baseline information about their current vulnerabilities in order to make better decisions.