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.
Jim Richardson, former director at the U.S. State Department's Office of Foreign Assistance, speaks to Devex on the eve of his departure about managing interagency tensions, congressional earmarks, and White House priorities.
The U.S. Agency for International Development released three new policies within two weeks of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, raising questions about whether politics and a scramble for legacy trumped due diligence.
During its final weeks in office, the Trump administration sent an unusually large number of foreign aid funding and policy notifications to Congress and is now pushing through with its plans despite lawmakers’ objections.
Even current administration officials admit that President Trump's parting shot at U.S. foreign assistance — a new rescission package that targets roughly $17 billion in international spending — can be easily reversed.
President-elect Joe Biden's choice of Power to lead USAID was met with hopes she will restore the agency's credibility, as well as questions around what role she will ask development professionals to play.
Rick Guy, acting director for democracy, rights, and governance in USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, repeated debunked claims of widespread voter fraud in the U.S. and warned of "arrogant blinding hypocrisy."
As the pandemic threw the world into disarray, the U.S. Agency for International Development found itself in the midst of its own political upheaval. Devex spoke to current and former officials about a year when USAID made headlines for the wrong reasons.