Henry Asor Nkang from Nigeria's Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning and Publish What You Fund CEO Gary Forster join me on the podcast to discuss the current state of aid data transparency, the impacts of the pandemic, and how countries and donors can use data to improve development efforts.
CGD Policy Blogs
In a new paper, we explore several channels for successful DFC interagency coordination—both in Washington and in the field. Each agency can help advance specific objectives related to DFC’s development mandate.
The Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine has often colored US development policy in an unfavorable way, seeming to inform decisions to withdraw from international dialogues on collective action challenges, restrict migration, and adopt a short-term, transactional view of foreign assistance. These actions have reflected poorly on the United States’ role as a global leader and have considerable implications for development outcomes.
Bella Bird of the World Bank, Sharmarke Farah of the government of Somalia, and Jonathan Papoulidis of World Vision join me to discuss the potential of country platforms for aid coordination—specifically the history and progress of Somalia's platform, the importance of country ownership, and how to make the best use of lessons learned.
By putting a hold on its programs in Kosovo—to pressure new forms of policy change unrelated to its programming—MCC is letting down its side of the bargain.
DFC Has Its First Chief Development Officer: Why This is Adam Boehler’s Most Consequential Appointment
Last week, the DFC board formally approved Andy Herscowitz (appointed by DFC CEO Adam Boehler with the support of USAID’s Mark Green) as the agency’s first Chief Development Officer (CDO). Herscowitz is a familiar face for the international development community, having served as the Power Africa Coordinator since its inception in 2013.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Board of Directors will meet on December 9 to determine which countries will be eligible for the agency’s FY2020 funds. Every year CGD’s US Development Policy team explores the central issues surrounding MCC’s annual eligibility decisions.
Africa’s huge market potential—the new Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) makes it the world’s largest free trade area—and the strategic dynamics created by China’s deepening presence on the continent are drawing growing attention, along with big promises of new foreign investment.
The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) is only five months old, but it’s already talking about impact. White House advisor Ivanka Trump is pointing to the recent passage of a new marriage law in Cote d’Ivoire—which she encouraged during her April visit to the country—as an example of the potential impact W-GDP can have.
Prosper Africa Promises to Double Two-Way Trade and Investment between the US and Africa: But What’s the Starting Point?
Outlining a new vision for expanding private sector activity between the United States and Africa, the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and the USAID Administrator announce plans to double two-way trade and investment between the US and Africa.