USAID and aid groups can't ignore politics in Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is hurtling toward an election crisis — and development professionals, instead of hiding from politics, should ask how their programs are working in support of a democratic transition, says USAID's former mission director for the central African country.

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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.