• September 4, 2019

    Climate Change and the Developing World: A Disproportionate Impact

    | September 4, 2019

    While global leadership on climate change will require multi-faceted policy solutions, there is consensus that extreme weather and disruption from drought, flooding, and conflicts over natural resources disproportionately affect the developing...

  • September 3, 2019

    Myanmar: a Journey to Democracy and Justice

    Emily Lim in Global Development | September 3, 2019

    Since 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has worked in Myanmar to support the country’s democratic development. A cornerstone, decade-long, project is USAID’s promoting the Rule of Law in Myanmar project (PRLM), currently implemented by international development firm Chemonics International and formerly implemented by Tetra Tech. To date, the PRLM project has overseen a variety of programs – ranging from creating  Myanmar’s first independent lawyer’s association to piloting and expanding an electronic court case management system.

  • August 29, 2019

    Honduran Community Leaders Limit Spread of Zika

    Harry Sanderson in Global Development | August 29, 2019

    In September 2016, Global Communities began partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Nuestra Salud (“Our Health”), a three-year program to stem the spread of the virus in Honduras, where there were about 36,000 cases of Zika at the time. With help from the program, volunteers are taking on roles as community leaders to educate younger Hondurans about the dangers of mosquito-borne Zika, which can cause serious birth defects if contracted by pregnant women.

  • August 7, 2019

    Wheat Tours: A Firsthand Look at the Farmers Feeding the World

    J.M. Ascienzo in Global Development | August 7, 2019

    Americans take their private property seriously, so it came as a surprise that I could simply walk into a stranger’s wheat field in rural Kansas with a yard stick, measure a stalk of wheat, and check for bugs or disease. And yet I did this— over and over— across the state for about a week in May, assessing wheat quality and estimating crop yields as part of the Wheat Quality Council’s Annual Hard Winter Wheat Tour.

  • July 24, 2019

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

    Zach Cohen in Congress, Global Development | July 24, 2019

    Despite a new vaccine, the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has escalated into the second most deadly Ebola outbreak in history and crossed the border into neighboring Uganda, in part because conflict and violence are preventing an effective response. On July 17th, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

  • July 16, 2019

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Celebrating Pride: Creating a “Culture of Inclusiveness Around the World”

    Alex Grant in Congress | June 24, 2019

    Around the world, Pride celebrations are recognizing the enormous strides for human rights of LGBTQ individuals. However, despite improvements in a number of countries, many LGBTQ individuals face significant hurdles to living openly and without fear. I spoke with former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) about the transformation she’s seen in the United States, and the impact our domestic shift has had on the global movement for equality.