USAID Administrator Samantha Power appeared before House and Senate authorizing committees late last week to discuss the agency’s FY22 budget. It wasn’t surprising to hear Administrator Power make a case for strong US global engagement—including robust aid investments and continued commitment to humanitarian response. But she also demonstrated—in a number of important ways—a clear-eyed focus on development effectiveness. Below we highlight several issues we were glad to see receive attention.
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Henry Asor Nkang from Nigeria's Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning and Publish What You Fund CEO Gary Forster join me on the podcast to discuss the current state of aid data transparency, the impacts of the pandemic, and how countries and donors can use data to improve development efforts.
Bella Bird of the World Bank, Sharmarke Farah of the government of Somalia, and Jonathan Papoulidis of World Vision join me to discuss the potential of country platforms for aid coordination—specifically the history and progress of Somalia's platform, the importance of country ownership, and how to make the best use of lessons learned.
Africa’s huge market potential—the new Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) makes it the world’s largest free trade area—and the strategic dynamics created by China’s deepening presence on the continent are drawing growing attention, along with big promises of new foreign investment.
Prosper Africa Promises to Double Two-Way Trade and Investment between the US and Africa: But What’s the Starting Point?
Outlining a new vision for expanding private sector activity between the United States and Africa, the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and the USAID Administrator announce plans to double two-way trade and investment between the US and Africa.
On December 11, MCC will hold its end of the year board meeting to select which countries will be eligible for MCC’s FY2019 funds. As we do every year, CGD has been monitoring how countries perform on MCC’s scorecards, and examining the political climates and—where relevant—previous MCC program performance for countries likely to be up for debate.
MCC will soon ask its board of directors to vote on a proposed $473 million second compact for Tanzania. The program focuses on the energy sector, making it a big deliverable for Power Africa. It’s also strongly aligned with the priorities of Tanzanian citizens, businesses, and the government. But, as the compact currently stands, there are some pretty significant gaps, making it hard for the board to know just what it’s approving. Most notably, it’s completely lac
Yesterday, the Government of Ghana signed its second compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Last week I predicted that the MCC board of directors would not select any new countries for compact eligibility, and that they would re-select all seven countries currently in the compact development stage. I was wrong on three counts.