Blog Posts in Economic Prosperity

  • January 16, 2020
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    The NBA is Shooting for Growth in Africa

    Dana Bruce in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | January 16, 2020

    With the unveiling of a new logo, the National Basketball Association (NBA) made its new Basketball Africa League (BAL) official— fulfilling its commitment to launch its first league outside of the United States. First announced in February 2019, the BAL will feature 12 club teams from across the African continent and begin playing in March of this year. With over 80 current and former NBA players from Africa and the youth population of Africa set to double to 1 billion by 2050, the continent is ripe for a continued stream of new basketball talent. And with Africa leading the way for consumer market growth in emerging economies, there will be no shortage of dedicated BAL fans.

  • November 12, 2019
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    Scaling the Impact of Youth on Peace in Africa

    Sung Lee in Economic Prosperity | November 12, 2019

    With the youth population in Africa projected to double to 1 billion by 2050, America’s military and development professionals have increasingly recognized that engaging youth is critical to peace and prosperity. The United States has a remarkable legacy of leveraging its development and diplomacy programs to drive economic growth and mitigate the conditions that make communities vulnerable to recruitment by extremist groups.

  • September 20, 2019
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    The World Celebrates Democracy, but Where Do We Stand?

    Zach Cohen in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | September 20, 2019

    Nearly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the state of democracy in the world remains a mixed picture of both progress and decline. But investments in diplomacy and development by the U.S. and new leadership in developing democracies provides fresh potential in addressing corruption.

  • July 12, 2019
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    On the Issues: Democratic Candidates Address Foreign Policy

    John Glenn in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | July 12, 2019

    What have 2020 candidates been saying about America’s role in the world? Watch this space for updates on foreign policy on the campaign trail.

  • June 24, 2019
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    Five Questions for Prosper Africa

    John Glenn in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | June 24, 2019

    At the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Mozambique last week, USAID Administrator Mark Green and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley rolled out more details on the Administration’s Prosper Africa initiative with the ambitious goal of doubling two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa.

  • June 4, 2019
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    Hope in a Dark Time

    Carolyn Miles in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | June 4, 2019

    In the last two decades, there have been countless advances that have changed our lives—new medicines, smart phones, and global movements for equality, to name a few. And according to a new report, in the last 18 years—the span of a childhood—the lives of more than 280 million children around the world, including the U.S., have improved dramatically.

  • May 30, 2019
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    9 U.S. Programs Making a Difference in Central America

    Zach Wehrli in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | May 30, 2019

    U.S. assistance to Central and Latin America – from Plan Colombia to the Alliance for Prosperity – has long focused on addressing the root causes of instability and migration through strategic investments that combat violence, provide safe spaces for youth, promote economic development, and fight corruption. Here are just 9 U.S. foreign assistance programs in Central America that are making a difference.

  • March 18, 2019
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    Stepping Up America’s Commitment to Food Security

    Sung Lee in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | March 18, 2019

    Speaking to students, farmers, and business leaders in Iowa at the beginning of the month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed America’s commitment to promote global food security and prosperity in the American agricultural sector. He explained that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department “work hard to support American agriculture … so that you all can sell pork and beef, and Kansas can sell their wheat … all the things that America makes so wonderfully.”

  • February 8, 2019
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    W-GDP: The Administration’s New Initiative to Empower Women Globally

    Sung Lee in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | February 8, 2019

    An unusual coalition – from Secretaries of State, Commerce, Treasury, and Defense to the heads of America’s development agencies, from a Democratic Senator to a Freedom Caucus member, and from a National Security Advisor to leaders of private and public sector organizations including the World Bank, UNICEF, UPS, P&G, Deloitte, and Walmart – joined the President this week, committing America to promote women’s economic empowerment around the world.

  • January 29, 2019
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    3 Things to Watch in Venezuela’s Crisis

    Sung Lee in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | January 29, 2019

    The path forward in Venezuela remains uncertain since National Assembly President Juan Guaidó took the oath of office and declared himself the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. He was quickly recognized by the United States, Canada, and much of Central and Latin America, even as Russia, China, and Turkey warned they would continue to support President Maduro. While the Administration insists that no options are “off the table,” it has so far focused on a strong diplomatic and economic response to defend democratic values and encourage a peaceful transition of power. As the crisis unfolds, here are three critical issues to watch as the hunger and political crisis in Venezuela continues to spiral downward.