Biden’s Priority in Africa Should Be Debt Relief
More than other kinds of aid, to get out from under China’s thumb, the continent will need debt financing and private investment.
The Huawei Ban Could Crush U.S. Overseas Aid Efforts
A new law meant to keep Chinese telecoms out of American networks threatens to make life impossible for diplomats, aid workers, and the military across much of Africa and Asia.
Trump’s Candidate Would Be a Disaster for Latin America’s Bank
The Inter-American Development Bank has never been led by a U.S. citizen before.
Trump Appointee Takes ‘Slash and Burn’ Approach to Key USAID Bureau
Peter Marocco, after tumultuous tours at Pentagon and State, is stopping the agency’s newest division in its tracks, critics claim.
Lukashenko Unleashed Changes in Belarus That Are Out of His Control
Whatever happens in the ongoing protests, the country’s society is increasingly less governable for a dictator.
It Is Too Late to Save These Victims of the Pandemic
The COVID-19 catastrophe is shrinking remittances from the United States and creating a looming humanitarian disaster.
White House Installs Anti-Abortion Loyalist at USAID
Across federal agencies, the Trump administration is seeding the government with ideologues meant to advance hard-line policies.
Will the Coronavirus Fuel Conflict?
Projections based on economic and development data show an increased risk of internal violence in fragile states driven by rising prices and falling incomes.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Bloody Dream City of Neom
Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion planned high-tech city involves forced evictions and vague promises of compensation. The killing of an activist who protested the development has reminded the world how the kingdom handles dissent.
Beijing’s Propaganda Is Finding Few Takers
As the Chinese Communist Party embarks on a presumptive goodwill campaign, few in the developing world are falling for it.
Africa Is Bracing for a Head-On Collision With Coronavirus
As the pandemic reaches the continent, countries from Morocco to Malawi are facing a health crisis and an economic shock.
In Historic First, Peace Corps to Evacuate Volunteers Worldwide Amid Pandemic
The U.S. agency announced it was suspending operations globally and recalling volunteers for their safety as the outbreak spread.
The Future of Development Is Local
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the world will have to shift its thinking from the national toward the urban.
The Rise and Fall of Another African Donor Darling
Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara has won plaudits for his economic successes, but there are cracks in his democratic facade.
The Left and Right Are Wrong About Inequality
The problem isn’t trade or corporations—it’s the monopolization by professional groups of high-profit services.
Oman’s Renaissance—and What Will Follow
Thanks to Qaboos’s legacy, Oman is better placed than many of its neighbors to confront the challenges that will continue to bedevil the Middle East.
The Nobel Winners in Economics Are On the Right Track
Randomized controlled trials aren't perfect, but a new generation of development economists is building on the work of the Nobel laureates and pushing the field in ambitious new directions.
Economics’ Biggest Success Story Is a Cautionary Tale
Field experiments now dominate development economics—often at the expense of the world’s poor.
Western Accolades Are Egging Autocrats On
The Gates Foundation is giving an award to Narendra Modi. That's a big mistake.
How to Save Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism
The idea of development assistance is under attack in western democracies. Pursuing economic justice at home and abroad, launching a new freedom agenda, and framing aid as innovation rather than charity can help end the backlash.