Rethinking US Development Policy

The Rethinking US Development Policy Blog complements CGD's Rethinking US Development Policy initiative. Both are for professionals interested in tracking US development policy and its impact on developing countries.

 

Ben Leo Testifies on Modernizing the US Approach to Promoting Economic Engagement in Africa

In testimony last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, CGD’s Ben Leo called upon Congress to modernize how the United States supports economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The hearing was called to reflect on the progress since the August 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington and to address obstacles that continue to discourage greater private-sector engagement in the region.

Telling the Story of MCC’s Compacts in a New Way

Now that MCC has completed 18 compacts worth over $6 billion, many stakeholders are increasingly anxious to understand more about what these investments have actually achieved.  After all, a focus on results is a key component of MCC’s core model, and the agency is known for pushing the envelope in this area.  MCC’s rigorous ex-post evaluations will be the critical piece that tells the story about development impact, but the results of these studies aren’t usually

MCC’s Board Discusses Climate Change: Here’s Why it Matters

MCC has long applied rigorous environmental safeguards and standards to its investments in partner countries.  And since President Obama’s September 2014 Executive Order on Climate-Resilient International Development, MCC (along with other key USG foreign assistance agencies) has been expanding  its efforts to ensure that it considers climate change risk—and, where possible, mechanisms for adaptation—in investment planning and execution

Do Mobile Phone Surveys Work in Poor Countries?

Update: This blog was updated on 3/11/2015 from the original version.

The days of pushing priorities, pet projects, or expat consultants on countries are coming to a close. Connected and increasingly empowered individuals are demanding a greater say in setting priorities, designing and implementing programs, and assessing whether projects have achieved their desired results. For those agencies that recognize this trend, the question is how to meaningfully and cost effectively engage citizens in real time. 

8 Questions for the US Budget Hearings

FY16 budget hearings are a-coming. And here at CGD, we’ll be listening closely to what Secretaries Kerry and Lew have to say on development issues, as well as USAID Acting Administrator Lenhardt and the heads of other development agencies who might be called up before the appropriations committees in the next few months.

Here are eight questions I hope to hear asked of the administration’s development leaders:

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