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Measuring and Improving the Impact of US Foreign Aid—A Look at Two Key Statutes
November 14, 2023
Over the years, US lawmakers of many stripes have embraced the value proposition of foreign assistance. While their precise motivations have varied, ensuring US international aid is transparent, accountable, and effective has been vital to this long-running bipartisan support.
9:30—11:00 AM ET / 2:30-4:00 PM GMT
Phonics and Foreign Aid: Lessons from a Decade of USAID Early-grade Reading Evaluations
November 06, 2023
In this seminar, a team of researchers at CGD and others will present new analysis of USAID's evaluation portfolio, quantifying the impacts on pupils' reading outcomes and examining the cost-effectiveness of American aid. The presentation will be followed by a discussion of policy implications and b...
10:00—11:30 AM ET / 3:00-4:30 PM GMT
Evidence-Informed Decision-Making: The Legacy of FATAA and the Evidence Act for US Development Agencies
October 31, 2023
For as long as US foreign aid has enjoyed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, lawmakers have sought to ensure this assistance is transparent, accountable, and effective. Thanks, in part, to passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA) in 2016, US agencies involved in implem...
DFC Project Data Drop Alert! Our Key Takeaways
August 28, 2023
We’d been eagerly awaiting an update to DFC’s downloadable project data for insight into the development finance agency’s recent investments and overarching portfolio composition. A new drop finally came earlier this month detailing transactions through FY2022 and timed with the release of DFC’s ina...
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...
Congressional Divide on FY24 US Development Spending Brings More Questions than Answers
July 27, 2023
Last week’s Senate Appropriations Committee markup revealed a vast gulf dividing the Capitol with respect to development and diplomacy funding for the coming fiscal year. The two chambers’ State and Foreign Operations spending bill toplines are more than $9 billion apart, with the House coming in at...
MCC’s Next Frontier? How Legislation Could Pave the Way for New Partnerships
May 05, 2023
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week approved bipartisan legislation that would expand the list of countries the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) can engage while preserving its strict eligibility requirements that demand partners adhere to principles of good governance and uphold ...
CGD in the News
The US foreign aid budget could do a lot more good. This House bill wants to force it to.
April 25, 2023
Go Big or Go Home: A Look at the Biden Administration's FY24 International Affairs Budget
March 16, 2023
The White House's FY24 international affairs budget request is ambitious, aimed at tackling a wide range of challenges facing countries worldwide and reasserting US leadership, particularly in strategic areas where the administration hopes to displace China's growing global influence.