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Administrator Mark Green Visits clinic in Darfur, Sudan

Mark Green's Legacy and Priorities for the Next USAID Administrator

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.

Disinfection and decontamination on a marketplace “Krasno selo” as a prevention against Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The CARES Act: A Down Payment on Global COVID-19 Response Efforts?

While the vast majority of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law late last week is devoted to domestic response and relief, the measure does include modest supplemental foreign aid funding and pending authorizations for international financial institutions to support the international response. These provisions, combined with the foreign aid funding provided as part of the initial supplemental legislation, are important.

Girls at a school in Dar es Salaam. Photo by Sarah Farhat / World Bank

Five Things the “Keeping Girls in School Act” Gets Right

Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced the Keeping Girls in School Act, a bill that would authorize USAID to pursue innovative approaches to reduce barriers that keep adolescent girls from receiving a quality education. The act specifically identifies a list of fourteen barriers, reflecting the growing body of research on obstacles that keep adolescent girls from attending and completing secondary school—and from realizing future economic benefits and opportunities. Here are the highlights from the legislation.

FY20 Budget Request: Humanitarian Funding

Trump’s Foreign Assistance Budget Request, in 3 Charts

President Trump’s FY2020 budget request landed with a thud on Capitol Hill Monday. Once again, the administration is proposing deep cuts to the international affairs budget and, once again, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have pledged to reject the proposed reductions in US development and diplomacy spending.

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