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Wrapping up the class and this tumultuous year, here are some links on the issues we discussed in the last sessions. It is still unclear what direction US foreign aid will take under President Trump. There is some hope in … Continue reading
Thinking of definitions and labels: There is no official list of fragile states that the entire “international community” agrees upon. The closest to a consensus in the development community (or parts thereof), might be the harmonized WB, AsDB, and AfDB … Continue reading
The first analyses (guesses?) of US development foreign aid policy under President Trump are coming in. Likely? Budget cuts, a weakened USAID – maybe merged into the State Department -, and a shift away from many of the priorities of Presidents … Continue reading
On the tensions (contradictions) between corporate philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and other behaviors of multinational corporations, the NYT discusses how Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It. Last week, Maxwell hosted John F. Sopko, Special … Continue reading
Welcome, IDPA class of 2016. Since there are a few news items this week that we didn’t get to share in class, I decided to revive the class blog. Here are this week’s items: Habemus SG proposal: the (somewhat surprising) … Continue reading
Good graph here.
I admit I am skeptical about these kinds of programs, mostly do to sustainability (and a bit maybe due to ethical reasons), but apparently they do work for the children (and a bit also for the communities) receiving them. Interesting.
Interesting article in FP about when foreign aid succeeds – or not – in positively influencing perceptions of the US in the recipient country. Hint: it helps if no ulterior motive is present or suspected behind the aid, and if … Continue reading
Devex (which is a good overall information source on the aid world) has two posts on the largest bilateral donors and USAID contractors. Could be a useful starting point if you are looking for internships etc. UPDATE: here is the … Continue reading