Jobs and economic opportunies are increasingly at the top of developing nations' agendas. According to CGD senior fellow Ben Leo, China and other emerging market nations are aligning their development tools and activities with these new priorities.
The results are in, and they are a doozy. The Senate flipping to Republican control turns attention to whether the new Congress will send common sense legislation for President Obama’s signature. Domestic policy issues like Obamacare or tax reform clearly will dominate Congress’ agenda, yet development and foreign policy champions will be assuming (or retaining) key leadership positions. Many have been thinking long and hard about ways to push America’s agenda abroad. Now’s their chance.
Secretary Kerry, the world is on fire, the threats are real, and you can’t work any harder. Even while firefighting, you're giving your first big development policy speech tomorrow, at USAID's Frontiers in Development Forum.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Electrify Africa Act later tonight. This legislation would increase the US government’s efforts to promote reliable and affordable electricity for the roughly 600 million Africans that currently live without it. It aims to mobilize all US development tools, ranging from technical assistance grants to risk insurance to long-term debt financing for private investors.
For those who have read CGD’s work over the years, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). What’s not to like about an efficient, can-do organization that mobilizes private capital for development gain, and at zero cost to taxpayers?
This week’s Wonkcast consists of testimony that Todd Moss, CGD senior fellow and COO, recently offered to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power about energy access in the 21st Century.
In what was perhaps another sign that the challenge of energy poverty is finding a voice in Congress, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing recently on electricity access in the 21st Century.
Bipartisanship has a pulse in Washington after all. Or, maybe it’s just Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) reminding the town that certain issues trump the desire to deliver mortal body blows. What unites this conservative from San Bernardino and a progressive from the Bronx? The belief that sustained US leadership can help bring economic and social opportunity to millions of Africans that lack any access to electricity.