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August 8, 2017

A Bevy of Good Ideas on Foreign Aid Reform….If Anyone’s Listening (LobeLog)

From the article:

Recent reports by the co-chairs of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) and a task force of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) take the long view by proposing far-reaching structural reforms. Although the current administration is unlikely to embrace their recommendations, they offer a compelling vision and set a constructive tone for debate.

new paper by Jeremy Konyndyk and Cindy Huang of the Center for Global Development (CGD) opts for a different approach, adding to the mix a list of 14 smart, “immediately actionable reforms.” Although it also lays out options for major reorganization, most of the emphasis is on what could be done now to pave the way for future progress.

Half the proposed reforms involve changes that the administration could make without legislative approval. To the uninitiated they may sound abstruse, but they can be grouped under three general headings.

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August 6, 2014

Powering Sub-Saharan Africa (The Hill)

From the article:

“[Power Africa] was always designed as something that the administration could do without Congress,” said Todd Moss, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. It makes sense in the short term as a way to get it off the ground, Moss said.

“I think it was a long-term mistake, because if Power Africa is going to outlive a handful of people who designed it in the White House, then you have to build much broader support, starting with Congress,” he said.


Moss said that while encouraging renewable energy in Africa may be a good goal, it’s not realistic.

“All six countries in the Power Africa initiative either have their own natural gas or they’re exploring for gas, and they’re going to want to use it for domestic power generation,” he said. “We just need to be very careful and clear about not over-romanticizing renewables in an environment where the needs are so great.”

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