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

David Beasley takes on global hunger
16 Mar 2018

David Beasley is "not a U.N. kind of guy," but now that he runs the United Nations' hunger fighting agency, the World Food Programme, the former South Carolina governor is fighting to keep pace with the demands of unprecedented crises. Beasley spoke to Devex Editor-in-chief Raj Kumar on Wednesday as part of a Devex conversation series with policymakers in global development.

Red Cross chief: Humanitarian groups must 'rethink totally our people management'
16 Mar 2018

Devex spoke to Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, about how humanitarian and development organizations have to partner for concrete results, what fragmentation means for humanitarian leadership, and how aid groups can work with more diligence to stamp out abuse. This is part two of a two-part interview.

Pompeo replaces Tillerson, China plans a foreign aid agency, and USAID's hiring freeze lifts: This week in development
15 Mar 2018

President Trump swaps Rex Tillerson for Mike Pompeo as U.S. secretary of state, China plans a foreign aid agency, and Latin America’s leaders ask what to do about Venezuela’s crisis. This week in development.

Pompeo's nomination carries risks, opportunity for US development efforts
14 Mar 2018

On Tuesday, United States President Trump announced — via Twitter — the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take over from Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Development leaders spoke to Devex about what that could mean for U.S. aid.

As State lifts freeze, USAID to manage own hiring decisions
12 Mar 2018

With a freeze lifted, the U.S. Agency for International Development will now control its own hiring decisions. The agency still plans to take a selective, strategic view of appointments, and requests must be submitted through an agency-wide review board.

Red Cross chief: 'Our job is always to push the limits of the possible'
9 Mar 2018

Devex spoke to Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, about humanitarian access to Syria's besieged communities, the need for development investment in the midst of conflict, and the breakdown of international consensus. This is part one of a two-part interview.

Tillerson to Africa, aid to Eastern Ghouta, and International Women's Day: This week in development
8 Mar 2018

Trump’s top diplomat takes “America First” to Africa, United Nations staffers stage walkouts over pay cuts, and the Gates Foundation launches a first-ever gender strategy. This week in development.

The DRC's funding problem, Oxfam's fallout, and a new tax push: This week in development
22 Feb 2018

Donors fight to put the Democratic Republic of Congo’s crisis in the spotlight, Oxfam faces more fallout, and DFID invites Adam Smith International back to the bidding table. This week in development.

Q&A: How tax collaboration could change global development
22 Feb 2018

Devex spoke to Jan Walliser, the World Bank's vice president for equitable growth, finance, and institutions, on the sidelines of the first global conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax in New York. Walliser outlined how boosting countries' ability to collect and use taxes could unlock huge amounts of new development funding and increase self-reliance.

USAID chief orders review of all current Oxfam agreements
16 Feb 2018

In response to revelations of sexual misconduct, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green has ordered a review of all current agreements with Oxfam. In an executive message to staff, he stressed his zero-tolerance policy — and shared details for how staff should report misconduct.