Blog Posts in Global Development

  • July 16, 2019
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    3 Questions for America’s Next Ambassador to the UN

    Zach Wehrli in Global Development | July 16, 2019

    Ambassador Kelly Craft, the nominee to succeed Nikki Haley as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, recently appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, saying, “I believe that the United States must maintain its central leadership role at the United Nations… when the UN performs, it advances key American objectives including the promotion of peace and security.” As she awaits a confirmation vote, three questions remain about her vision for American leadership at the UN:

  • July 12, 2019
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    14 Projects to Change 100,000 Lives

    Joan Steiger in Global Development | July 12, 2019

    Six months after the launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, another exciting program is in the works: the W-GDP Incentive Fund. Announced by White House Advisor Ivanka Trump and USAID Administrator Mark Green at an event co-hosted by the USGLC and USAID, the W-GDP Incentive Fund will provide grants to 14 projects in 22 countries. Mostly located in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, these projects will collectively help more than 100,000 women advance in their local economies.

  • 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.

  • July 9, 2019
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    Beacons of Hope Demonstrate Impact of U.S. Investment in Central America

    Sergio E. Rivas in Global Development | July 9, 2019

    As Chief of Party of the USAID Transforming Market Systems Activity implemented by ACDI/VOCA in Honduras, I’ve seen the impact of American investment in Central America. Throughout my time in Honduras, I have come across some “beacons of hope.” Their stories illustrate how targeted policy reform, access to education, transparency, justice, and economic development make Honduras a better and safer place to live.

  • 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 20, 2019
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    A Virus Amid Violence: U.S. Efforts to Stop Ebola in a Conflict Zone

    Zach Cohen in Congress, Global Development | June 20, 2019

    The outbreak in the DRC has escalated into the second most deadly Ebola outbreak in history despite a new vaccine because conflict and violence are preventing an effective response.  And last week, several Ebola cases and deaths were confirmed in Uganda – the first sign that the virus could spread and become a global health emergency.

  • June 20, 2019
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    Five Years After Fleeing Syria, Marwa Dreams of Becoming a Lawyer or Engineer

    Mahmoud Shabeeb in Global Development | June 20, 2019

    When the war began in 2011, Marwa and millions of other Syrians were caught in the middle.

  • 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.”