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Tag: USG


Guess Who’s (Not) Coming to Dinner? The Unrepresentative Statistics of White House State Dinners

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Here at the Center for Global Development we’re concerned with how the practices of rich countries affect developing countries.  So with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visiting President Obama this week, it’s a natural time to ask, who gets invited to White House State Dinners and who gets left out in the cold?  It turns out that Europe and Latin America get wined and dined, while Sub-Saharan Africa has gotten snubbed.  So, for that matter, has Southeast Asia.

USAID Administrator Nomination Hearing Wednesday

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Congress has not exactly had an impressive track record on confirmations for the past few years. So when Raj Shah stepped down as USAID Administrator in December 2014, many at CGD and elsewhere bemoaned the possibility of an empty top slot at the agency for the remainder of the administration. But President Obama and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee proved the cynics wrong by quickly appointing National Security Council Senior Director Gayle Smith and scheduling a nomination hearing this Wednesday, respectively.

The State Department/USAID 2015 QDDR: We Already Do That

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Are our foreign affairs agencies prepared to mitigate threats to global security and advance US interests?  That’s the central question the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) must answer.  And although the report is filled (literally, filled) with ideas for small improvements, there’s little in it that (a) identifies the reasons State and USAID are falling demonstrably short of the admirable ambitions outlined in the report, and (b) offers real, and sufficiently grand, solutions for addressing them. 

A Glimmer of Hope for a Carbon Tax in the US?

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I’ve spent the last year at CGD working with a team of experts to figure out how to encourage more funders to pay tropical forest countries for results in reducing deforestation.  My CGD colleagues Jonah Busch and Frances Seymour have done extensive research that documents that forests are critical for development and to combat climate change. And paying forest countries for performance – actual results in reducing deforestation – can provide an essential incentive and can complement funding for inputs, as reflected in CGD’s Cash-on-Delivery aid research.  

MCC’s Next Decade: Claiming the Mantle of Development Leadership

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Here's my wish list for the future of the Millennium Challenge Corporation: Elevate the MCC’s leadership role in US development policy and practice and prove the MCC model’s relevance to the big development and foreign policy challenges of our time, including strategic and fragile states.  

FY15 Budget Request Puts Heavy Emphasis on Initiatives

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President Obama launched the opening salvo in the FY2015 budget process with his recently released request, and while some of his foreign assistance proposals seem destined to go the way of the cutting room floor, you certainly can’t fault the request for having a specific point of view.

MCC Could See a Budget Boost for FY2015

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The President’s FY2015 budget request is out and it looks good for MCC.  With a base budget ask of $1 billion, this is the highest request the Millennium Challenge Corporation has seen since FY2012.  Of course, the request is just the first step of the budget process, so MCC may or may not receive the full amount.   But if it does, it would be the largest appropriation for the agency since FY2010.