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Cutting Aid is Still A Big Deal: Why We Should Pay Attention to the FY21 Budget Request
February 18, 2020
President Trump sent his fourth budget request to Congress last week—once again including steep cuts to foreign aid spending. We dug in to explore it.
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Justifying Government Budget Decisions: Toward Standards for Public Reasons
January 21, 2020
Government decisions affect people’s lives and should be reasonable, not arbitrary. This core liberal principle applies to all major policy decisions, including budget choices. Modern conceptions of democracy, and democratic accountability, also require that government decisions be justified i...
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Amid Partisan Rancor, Congress Reaches Bipartisan Agreement on Foreign Aid Spending
December 20, 2019
In a flurry of activity, Congress completed its work on Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending bills just ahead of the holiday break. For the third year running, lawmakers rejected the steep cuts to foreign assistance proposed by the Trump administration, providing a modest increase in funding for developme...
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Should the EU Provide Policy-based Lending?
September 26, 2019
As the EU considers providing policy-based lending, Mikaela Gavas and Hannah Timmis outline what this support might look like, and discuss what the value-add of the EU Commission would be.
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USDFC Monitor: Why Is the White House Scuttling its Biggest Development Win? Four Hidden Daggers Pointed at the Heart of the New USDFC
April 02, 2019
The BUILD Act is a remarkable bipartisan effort to modernize the US development finance toolkit. So why is the White House gutting the most important features of the new agency?
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The EU’s Answer to Migration Is to Triple Funding for Border Management. Will This Do the Job?
June 15, 2018
Earlier this week, the European Commission published its proposals on migration and border security for the next EU budget (2021–2027). Financial support for migration, asylum, and border management is to almost triple, from €13 billion to €34.9 billion. What might this mean for the EU and future mi...
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With New Spending Bill, Congress Steers Foreign Assistance Away from Deep Cuts
March 30, 2018
Last week, Congress completed work on a spending package that funds the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year. As far as development and diplomacy are concerned, the bill is an unmistakable rejection of the deep cuts proposed by the Trump administration. Here are a fe...