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Phonics and Foreign Aid: Can America Teach the World to Read?
November 20, 2023
Over two decades and dozens of countries, the United States Agency for International Development has refined a package of support for early-grade reading, often referred to as “structured pedagogy”, which includes textbooks, teacher training, coaching, and lesson plans.
Takeaways from a Landscaping Analysis of African Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity
August 07, 2023
While donors are increasingly interested in both promoting evidence-based policymaking and advancing locally led development, the two agendas have often remained separate. This is a missed opportunity. A recent CGD working group underscored the value of locally immersed researchers and organizations...
Taking Stock of Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity Headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa: A New Database and Landscaping Analysis
August 07, 2023
CGD conducted a landscaping exercise to better understand the current landscape of organizations headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa that boast impact evaluation capacity. The resulting database is intended as a resource for funders looking to advance locally led development; to help facilitate coor...
How to go Local with USAID’s Government-to-Government Agreements
July 06, 2023
USAID administrator Samantha Power’s aim to advance localization—with at least a quarter of funds going directly to local partners—has been widely lauded. A recent USAID report on localization indicates progress towards this goal, but major operational and contractual directions about how to impleme...
USAID Administrator on a Truly New USAID Health Initiative—Can it Survive?
April 25, 2023
In a speech at CGD, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced a new USAID initiative: promoting primary health care systems in developing countries. Will this welcomed initiative last beyond her tenure at the agency?
We Cannot Improve Maternal and Child Survival Without Improving Data Systems
March 28, 2023
In this piece, I recap a few key messages on USAID’s call to action, honing in on the role of data and evidence in driving policy and decision-making. I argue that we need better data on the progress of maternal and child survival through improved health information systems as well as greater use of...
USAID’s Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program: A Look Back and Ahead
February 17, 2023
In November 2022, a two-day reunion was organized by seven former directors of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH). Participants reflected on USAID’s achievements and challenges in the field of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) and discussed the program’s current...
From Development by Instinct to Development by Evidence: Insights for US Development Policy
January 25, 2023
Last month, the Center for Global Development (CGD), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Office of Management and Budget co-hosted an Evidence Forum as part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action, featuring USAID Administer Samantha Power. The event celebrated pr...
The 117th Congress Resolves to Spend More on Development in the New Year: A Look Back at the FY23 Omnibus
January 10, 2023
Ahead of the holiday break, US lawmakers reached agreement on a final FY2023 spending deal. After months of stalled negotiations, an omnibus appropriations package was far from guaranteed. But concerns about the consequences of a long-term continuing resolution—and the prospect of adding a major tas...
New Legislation Could Make Innovation More than a Buzzword in US Development Policy
December 13, 2022
A new bipartisan bill, introduced by Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Young Kim (R-CA), looks to advance innovation in US development policy, embracing a definition of innovation that captures both technological advancements and novel approaches to development programming.