How foreign aid CFOs are coping with US budget uncertainties

In the U.S., 2013 was a year of dysfunctional budget negotiations, sequestration and a government shutdown. What lessons have aid implementing partners learned during a time of uncertainty and transformation in the U.S. official foreign assistance arena? Photo by: Photo Phiend / CC BY-NC-ND

In Washington, 2013 will be remembered — or forgotten — as the year dysfunctional budget negotiations shut down the U.S. government for two weeks, stranding thousands of federal workers at home and disrupting the execution of government responsibilities.

Scarce resources can be useful for setting focused priorities. But the budget brinksmanship in 2013 forced “automatic” spending cuts that most agree were blind to geopolitics, emerging crises and natural disasters.

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    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.