CDR Position Statement on the Millennium Challenge Corporation

CDR Position Statement on the Millennium Challenge Corporation Core MCC Reform Principles: MCC is one of the most important aid reform efforts of the past 50 years and its reform principles are applicable well beyond its portfolio. Economic Growth Driven: MCC’s unique mission is to eradicate poverty through economic growth – the only truly sustainable […]

Making USAID Fit for Purpose- A Proposal for a Top-to-Bottom Program Review

By: Casey Dunning and Ben Leo Since its establishment more than 50 years ago, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has become a $17-billion-a-year agency stretched across the globe, operating in 125 countries and 36 different program areas. It covers nearly every development challenge, including those surrounding health, food security, microfinance, governance, counterterrorism, macroeconomic […]

DFI Finance Increases to One Half of ODA

By: Daniel F. Runde, Helen Moser As the key players in international development gather this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss financing the post-2015 development agenda, development finance institutions (DFIs) should form a central part of the conversation. With greater globalization and the growing role of the private sector, DFIs have played an increasingly […]

Help for the world’s ‘broken places’

By Michael Gerson KUAJOK, South Sudan- It is difficult to imagine a place more physically and psychologically removed from the world economy, from centers of global influence such as Washington or London, than Warrap state (whose capital is Kuajok). Here, wealth and status are counted mainly in cattle, which are essential for dowries (a reasonably […]

It’s Time to Push for Reciprocal US-Africa Trade and Investments Agreements

By: Ben Leo After months of delays, Congress is finally moving on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Last week, the Senate quietly (and overwhelmingly) passed an unprecedented 10-year reauthorization for this trade preference program. Insiders believe that a similar bill could pass the House soon, perhaps even this week. This is very positive […]