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Casey Dunning

Senior Policy Analyst
Expertise: 

Aid effectiveness, US global development policy, USAID, MCC

Education: 

MPP, George Washington University (in progress); BA in political science with highest honors, Emory University

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Casey Dunning is a senior policy analyst for the Rethinking US Development Policy initiative at the Center for Global Development. Her research focuses on US development policy coherence, aid effectiveness, and the security-development nexus. Dunning also contributes to CGD’s ongoing work on US development strategy in Pakistan.

Dunning previously worked as a senior policy analyst for the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress where she also supported John Podesta in his role as US representative to the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Before that, in a previous position at CGD, she conducted the center’s analysis on the Millennium Challenge Corporation and researched the application of aid effectiveness principles within USAID, with a particular emphasis on country ownership, aid selectivity, and innovative aid-delivery models. She has worked on harmonizing gender violence and rule-of-law programs in Liberia with Emory University’s Institute for Developing Nations, and at the Carter Center and the International Rescue Committee. Dunning graduated from Emory University with a specialization in international political economy and has also completed studies at Oxford University and Trinity College, Dublin. She is currently completing a masters degree in public policy at George Washington University.

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