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Girls at a school in Dar es Salaam. Photo by Sarah Farhat / World Bank

Five Things the “Keeping Girls in School Act” Gets Right

Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced the Keeping Girls in School Act, a bill that would authorize USAID to pursue innovative approaches to reduce barriers that keep adolescent girls from receiving a quality education. The act specifically identifies a list of fourteen barriers, reflecting the growing body of research on obstacles that keep adolescent girls from attending and completing secondary school—and from realizing future economic benefits and opportunities. Here are the highlights from the legislation.

FY20 Budget Request: Humanitarian Funding

Trump’s Foreign Assistance Budget Request, in 3 Charts

President Trump’s FY2020 budget request landed with a thud on Capitol Hill Monday. Once again, the administration is proposing deep cuts to the international affairs budget and, once again, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have pledged to reject the proposed reductions in US development and diplomacy spending.

Sarah Bermeo

Targeted Development with Sarah Bermeo – CGD Podcast

Sarah Bermeo, political economist and author of Targeted Development: Industrialized Country Strategy in a Globalizing World, on how rich countries’ motivations for development have evolved, what they mean for developing countries, and where we are now.

US Capitol Building

Another Step Closer to a New and Improved US Development Finance Institution

The United States needs a bigger and better development finance institution. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is an overperforming federal agency, but is currently far too small and outdated to fulfill its mandate of catalyzing private investment in strategic emerging and frontier markets. We’ve been pushing for years to modernize US development finance, while the timing for a new agency is ideal right now. The bipartisan BUILD Act creating a new US International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC) was introduced in both houses a few months back and the administration has signaled support.

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