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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
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...
Addressing the “Root Causes” of Irregular Migration from Central America: An Evidence Agenda for USAID
December 10, 2021
In recent decades, the number of people migrating irregularly from the three Northern Triangle countries of Central America—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—has been increasing, putting pressure on the Biden-Harris administration to address the root causes of irregular migration and deliver “res...
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...
WHITE HOUSE AND THE WORLD POLICY BRIEFS
Establishing USAID as a Leader in Evidence-Based Foreign Aid
December 03, 2020
As the world’s largest bilateral donor responsible for managing around $20 billion in annual funding, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has a particular responsibility to take an evidence-informed approach to its work. It also has a congressional mandate to do so.
Coordinating for Impact: Ideas to Advance DFC’s Interagency Engagement
May 14, 2020
The ability of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to fulfill its promise of becoming a full-fledged, impact-focused development finance institution depends in part on how it leverages the expertise and resources of other US government development agencies.
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.
Focusing on Fragility: The Future of US Assistance to Fragile States (brief)
October 22, 2019
Global development is increasingly intertwined with state fragility. Poverty is becoming concentrated in fragile states, and conflict, violent extremism, and environmental stresses can emerge from and be exacerbated by fragility. As a result, many donors, including the United States, are reflecting ...