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

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.

Oxfam's soul-searching, Trump's budget, and Africa's leaders: This week in development
15 Feb 2018

The development community takes a hard look in the mirror, Congress rejects Trump’s budget (again), and Africa sees a leadership shakeup. This week in development.

USAID not ditching mega-contracts, but looking for new options
15 Feb 2018

The United States Agency for International Development's redesign leaders are looking for ways to involve partners — and the private sector — earlier in the project design process.

Trump budget proposes more US aid cuts, but backs new DFI
13 Feb 2018

President Trump’s 2019 budget request included all of the expected proposals to cut United States global development spending; but by backing a new development finance institution, it also endorsed one of the most significant aid reform ideas to gain serious traction in years.

Exclusive: New US DFI expected to get strong White House support
9 Feb 2018

Bipartisan lawmakers in the United States are expected to introduce a bill calling for the creation of a new development finance institution as soon as next week. Sources with knowledge of the latest version of the proposal describe, "a very, very full-throated effort to provide this country with the most timely and effective way to engage in development finance that people can imagine."

Global health security's ticking clock, 'Global gag rule' at 6 months and Abraaj: this week in development
8 Feb 2018

The U.S. global health security agenda is running out of options, Abraaj pushes back against allegations of misused health funds, and the U.S. State Department assesses the first months of anti-abortion policy. This week in development.

UK aid priorities, global education funding, and Trump's first #SOTU: This week in development
1 Feb 2018

New British aid leaders lay out their priorities, the United Nations kickstarts global refugee consultations, and Trump calls for aid restrictions in his first State of the Union. This week in development.

Q&A: Hoping for an 'ambitious, far-reaching, bold' UN refugee compact
1 Feb 2018

This week, the United Nations Refugee Agency released its first draft of a long-awaited compact on refugees, aimed at building a better system for responding to this global crisis. Devex spoke to Elizabeth Ferris, research professor at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration, to learn more.