The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., United States. Photo by: NCinDC / CC BY-ND

As the seat of government of the United States, Washington D.C. is also, not surprisingly, one of the most important cities in the country — and the world — for global development.

Just a stone’s throw away from the White House, Congress and Supreme Court are foreign aid agencies U.S. Agency for International Development and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as well as two major multilaterals — the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. The city’s vibrant global development scene also boasts a high concentration of nonprofits and development-focused consultancies and think tanks, many of which are based in the district’s Dupont Circle area. A few minutes’ drive can land you in neighboring Maryland or Virginia — home to another large number of development organizations.

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  • Liana Barcia

    Liana is a former Manila-based reporter at Devex focusing on education, development finance, and public-private partnerships.