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Speakers at the Journey to Self-Reliance event

The Journey to Self-Reliance in Practice: Examining USAID’s Efforts to Operationalize Its New Agenda

It’s been over a year since USAID—under the new brand of the “Journey to Self-Reliance”—set out to reorient its work to better support partner countries in tackling their development challenges. To get a better understanding of how the new Journey to Self-Reliance pivot is being implemented both in Washington and in the field, CGD hosted a public event. If you missed it, you can watch the full event online. Below are four key takeaways.

Vaccines for Gavi

Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance: Doubling Down on Coverage, Partnerships, and Transition Incentives for the Next Phase

With the Global Fund and Global Polio Eradication Initiative replenishments successfully concluded, donors are turning their attention to the Gavi Alliance whose third replenishment process is scheduled to culminate in summer 2020. As the final Gavi Board meeting of 2019 kicks off next week, it’s time to sharpen goals and double down on strategies to enhance the partnership’s public health impact.

Map of countries showing how many Venezuelan migrants are in each.

Beneficial Policies Towards the Venezuela Crisis Depend on Development Finance

The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has caused the biggest population movement in recent Latin American history. Support from the international community has predominantly focused on short-term humanitarian assistance, which will remain important for the most vulnerable Venezuelans. However, in what has become a protracted displacement crisis, it is also essential to shift to a longer-term vision and approach underpinned by development finance.

A Syrian couple proudly display their Turkish e-card

A New Policy to Better Integrate Refugees into Host-Country Labor Markets

Many actual or potential host countries for refugees face serious challenges in integrating the refugees into the domestic labor markets. A primary concern is resistance from citizens in the host countries. Integrating refugees into host-country labor markets will continue to prove difficult if citizens do not see the benefits, or do not feel that they are adequately compensated for the expected costs.