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Dec 6, 2011

Development
Overcoming USAID’s Challenges

USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg discusses the challenges facing the organization in an environment of constrained budgets.

Jun 22, 2016

USAID
Reconfiguring USAID for State-Building

Nation-building abroad has become a neuralgic term in American politics. Opposition to nation-building abroad is one of the few things that President Barack Obama and Donald Trump can agree on. And y…

Apr 30, 2013

Food and Water Security
Irrigation-water-agriculture-food-security-USAID-development-Sri-Lanka Democracy in Development: USAID, Water, and Food Security

Last week on my blog, I reviewed USAID’s Water and Development Strategy, focusing on the link between water and food security. As I write: As the global population continues to climb toward 10 billi…

Apr 3, 2014

United States
Evolving State Department-USAID Strategic Goals

In August 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell and USAID administrator Andrew Natsios introduced the first joint State Department – USAID Strategic Plan. These plans are intended to better synchroni…

Jun 22, 2017

Cuba
Gabriela Monteiro, 16, (R) and Gisele Rodriguez, 15, use the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba. What Expanding Internet Access in Cuba Could Mean for Women

Broadening access to the internet and other information and communication technology, such as mobile phones and social media, could be an important tool for women’s rights (and other human rights) in…

Jun 19, 2017

Cuba
Tourists ride in a vintage car in Havana, Cuba. U.S.-Cuba Relations

The Trump administration has partially rolled back some business guidelines with Cuba while largely leaving the normalization policy unchanged.

Jun 16, 2017

Gender
Students learn work on computers in a class during the holy month of Ramadan at the Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school in Solo, Indonesia Central Java province, August 2, 2011. Girls' STEM Education Can Drive Economic Growth

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This piece is authored by Gwendoline Tilghm…

May 30, 2017

Foreign Aid
French ministers Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to "Women Around the World: This Week," a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 20 to May 29, was compiled with suppo…

May 3, 2017

Somalia
Somali soldier taking cover. The Presidential Policy Guidance and Somalia

This is a guest post by Rishav Shah, an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Rishav is a graduate of McGill University, where he double majored in International Develop…