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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
USAID’s Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program: A Look Back and Ahead
February 17, 2023
In November 2022, a two-day reunion was organized by seven former directors of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH). Participants reflected on USAID’s achievements and challenges in the field of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) and discussed the program’s current...
USAID’s Local Capacity Development Policy: Reflections and Recommendations
February 02, 2022
USAID recently released a draft Local Capacity Development (LCD) Policy. While USAID routinely invests in interventions designed to strengthen local capacity, this is the first time the agency has attempted to articulate principles that will govern its approach and propose, in broad terms, the steps...
Gender Budgeting in the US Context: Models to Emulate and Pathways for Integration
October 14, 2021
Under the Biden-Harris administration, the newly established White House Gender Policy Council has been tasked with developing a whole-of-government strategy to advance gender equity and equality in US domestic and foreign policy. A critical aspect of the strategy’s success will be adequate resourci...
The Role of US Aid in Tackling Climate Change: Context and Questions for USAID and MCC
July 15, 2021
After four years of neglect from the White House under President Trump—and declines in direct funding—climate has (re)emerged as a centerpiece of US global engagement and US development policy more specifically, as policymakers seek to support emerging economies to meet economic growth goals in a su...
How Might Think Tanks Make Real Things Happen? Lessons from the Creation of the DFC
April 16, 2020
A new US government agency began as scrawl on a napkin in a think tank seminar room just off Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Fast forward nine years, in early 2020, the US International Development Finance Corporation was born.
Creating an Accountability Framework that Serves the Global Fragility Act’s Mission
January 10, 2020
In the final days of 2019, Congress passed the Global Fragility Act, an ambitious bill that aims to improve how the US government approaches stabilizing conflict-affected states and preventing the escalation of violence in other fragile contexts. Here are some ideas to keep it accountable.
The Dos and Don’ts of USG Humanitarian Reorganization
April 19, 2019
The proposed FY 2020 budget changes would be the most significant overhaul of USG humanitarian structures in decades. The proposal in its current form is unlikely to get much traction in Congress, where it is seen on both sides of the aisle as dramatically weakening US leadership on refugees. In lig...