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Development and Obama’s Budget; Interview with CGD’s Sarah Jane Staats

Sarah Jane StaatsI'm joined for this week’s CGD Wonkcast by Sarah Jane Staats, director of policy outreach here at the Center for Global Development. Last week, President Obama released his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. Sarah Jane and others here at the Center have been poring over the budget request, examining what signals the budget sends on the administration's approach to development.

Evaluation, Evaluation Everywhere: IOM Progress on Evaluating the Impact of PEPFAR

Within the beltway and across newspaper headlines, PEPFAR is widely perceived as a very successful US foreign assistance program. Without fail, mentions of PEPFAR’s success all reference the same single measure: currently PEPFAR supports 2.4 million people on ARV treatment.

Interestingly, these broad perceptions of success exist despite the fact that, or maybe because, there has never been a systematic evaluation of PEPFAR’s impact. However, that is in the process of changing.

Clinton Stresses the Need to Re-balance Health Assistance Away from AIDS Treatment

Secretary Hillary Clinton’s ’s vision of the future role of foreign assistance in US foreign policy, as outlined in her address hosted here at the CGD on January 6, is ambitious, nuanced and inspiring. Bill Easterly takes issue with Clinton’s list of priority interventions, saying that it is too long to be consistent with her stated intention to “target” and to be “selective,” but I disagree.