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Underwriting an Ambitious IFAD Replenishment
December 04, 2023
Food insecurity is again a major topic of global concern. Decades of progress are under threat from the effects of climate change on agriculture along with supply chain dislocations linked to the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. An estimated 333 million people worldwide are now experiencin...
DFC Project Data Drop Alert! Our Key Takeaways
August 28, 2023
We’d been eagerly awaiting an update to DFC’s downloadable project data for insight into the development finance agency’s recent investments and overarching portfolio composition. A new drop finally came earlier this month detailing transactions through FY2022 and timed with the release of DFC’s ina...
Takeaways from a Landscaping Analysis of African Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity
August 07, 2023
While donors are increasingly interested in both promoting evidence-based policymaking and advancing locally led development, the two agendas have often remained separate. This is a missed opportunity. A recent CGD working group underscored the value of locally immersed researchers and organizations...
Taking Stock of Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity Headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa: A New Database and Landscaping Analysis
August 07, 2023
CGD conducted a landscaping exercise to better understand the current landscape of organizations headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa that boast impact evaluation capacity. The resulting database is intended as a resource for funders looking to advance locally led development; to help facilitate coor...
Congressional Divide on FY24 US Development Spending Brings More Questions than Answers
July 27, 2023
Last week’s Senate Appropriations Committee markup revealed a vast gulf dividing the Capitol with respect to development and diplomacy funding for the coming fiscal year. The two chambers’ State and Foreign Operations spending bill toplines are more than $9 billion apart, with the House coming in at...
MCC’s Next Frontier? How Legislation Could Pave the Way for New Partnerships
May 05, 2023
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week approved bipartisan legislation that would expand the list of countries the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) can engage while preserving its strict eligibility requirements that demand partners adhere to principles of good governance and uphold ...
Go Big or Go Home: A Look at the Biden Administration's FY24 International Affairs Budget
March 16, 2023
The White House's FY24 international affairs budget request is ambitious, aimed at tackling a wide range of challenges facing countries worldwide and reasserting US leadership, particularly in strategic areas where the administration hopes to displace China's growing global influence.
A Look Back at Development in the SOTU and What it Means Today
February 07, 2023
President Biden is scheduled to deliver his second State of the Union address tonight. Historically, these speeches have focused on domestic policy and leading national security issues, yielding limited airtime for international development. But, on occasion, past presidents of both parties have spo...
The 117th Congress Resolves to Spend More on Development in the New Year: A Look Back at the FY23 Omnibus
January 10, 2023
Ahead of the holiday break, US lawmakers reached agreement on a final FY2023 spending deal. After months of stalled negotiations, an omnibus appropriations package was far from guaranteed. But concerns about the consequences of a long-term continuing resolution—and the prospect of adding a major tas...