Partisan jabs (even a few in Latin) dominated the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with the heads of USAID and MCC yesterday. For the first time ever, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes appeared together before the full House authorizing committee. It was an opportunity for substantive engagement on the administration's new global development policy and the activities of two major U.S. development agencies. It was an opportunity missed.
CGD Policy Blogs
Andy Sumner has stirred the pot on the future of foreign aid with his recent study on who and where the world’s poor really are. That has given new energy to the recent round of analyses by development economists on who and where the world’s middle class members are and why they matter too, including for the poor.
Washington, DC has been buzzing with talks of budgets, spending, and the deficit. During a time of spending cuts, the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) is, so far, moving ahead with moderate increases in its overall budget. GHI was first introduced in FY2009 with a budget of $8.4 billion. In FY2010, Congress bumped GHI funding up to $8.8 billion and in FY2011, the White House requested $9.6 billion for the program. However, House and Senate appropriators are currently eyeing cuts across the board, some of which may target global health.