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Sex, Hypocrisy and Development

Sex, lies and developmentThe sudden resignation on Friday of Ambassador Randall Tobias, the first U.S. director of foreign assistance, stunned staff at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department and left the administration’s beleaguered aid reform effort without a leader.

Tobias Resigns: What Next for Foreign Aid Reform?

Today at 4:00 p.m., Randall Tobias officially resigned from the position of Director of Foreign Aid and Administrator of USAID for "personal reasons." In the wake of this news folks are left wondering why he resigned and what happens to the foreign aid reform agenda he just launched. There appear to be two camps emerging on the "why". Given the fact that very close aides to Tobias say they were shocked, -- including Deputy USAID Administrator Jim Kunder who, in his email to staff says, "today I received shocking news..." -- one camp believes it is truly very personal.

US Presidential Candidates Put Development on the Agenda

Barack Obama's powerful foreign policy speech in Chicago on Monday laid out a clear vision for regaining US leadership in the world, including on critical issues confronting the poorest countries of the world. Senator Obama called for strengthening the operations of the United Nations, World Bank and other multilateral institutions to solve the world's most pressing problems, rather than just attacking them.

"Patient" Capital for Africa

Thomas Friedman’s op-ed (subscription required), "'Patient' Capital for an Africa that Can't Wait," in last Friday’s (April 20) New York Times calls for a new kind of venture capital for Africa that accepts lower (but still positive) returns on risk capital over a longe