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New Head of African Development Bank Wants a Continent He’s Proud to Call Home

Akinwumi Adesina won Thursday's election for the presidency of the African Development Bank. Now he's ready to improve infrastructure, create jobs, and encourage green growth on the continent.

Shadow Government

What Does it Really Mean for the U.S. to Support Democracy Abroad? (Part 2)

Part one of this essay rebutted the erroneous conflation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with the historic policy of supporting democrats around the ...

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Critics Riled by USAID Nominee’s Tenure Under Bill Clinton

Critics of Gayle Smith's tenure in the Clinton White House are lining up to blast her Africa policy.

The Cable

Afghanistan Watchdog: Poor U.S. Planning Puts $488 Million at Risk

According to a new report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, lack of government strategy puts $500 million of American taxpayers' money at risk.

The Cable

Afghan Watchdog Finds That If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come

A 37-acre industrial park in Kandahar built with $7.8 million in USAID funds has sat mostly empty since construction finished more than four years ago, says a new report.

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‘Here They Can Be Themselves’

How the trials and triumphs of an ancient transgender community could make headway for the slow-moving fight against a blame-the-victim culture in India.

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