Development

People pass a Huawei logo at a trade fair in Berlin

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.

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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.

Dockers unload U.S. humanitarian aid in Sudan

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.

People take part in an anti-government rally in the rain in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 30.

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.

A woman waits outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in San Isidro, El Salvador, on June 10.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House

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.

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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.

Farmers harvest wheat in a field in Tabuk in April 2016. The province has been tapped for the location of a high-tech megacity called Neom.

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.

A man wearing a face mask holds a welcome sign at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, on April 8, as a team of Chinese medics sponsored by China Railway Construction Corp. arrived in Nigeria to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

An aid worker measures a woman's temperature at the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 18.

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.

A tourist walks in the airport in Kyiv, Ukraine amid coronavirus fears.

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.

A woman walks upstairs in Jardim Peri, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of São Paulo on June 12, 2018.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron is greeted by Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Dec. 20, 2019.

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.

Businesspeople and shoppers walk along Madison Avenue in New York City on Nov. 1, 2011.

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 Sultan Qaboos bin Said sits during a meeting with the U.S. secretary of state at the Beit al-Baraka royal palace in Muscat, Oman, on Jan. 14, 2019.

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.

(From left) Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences Michael Kremer, Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee attend a press conference at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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.

Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, who share a 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Michael Kremer, answer questions during a press conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge on Oct. 14.

Economics’ Biggest Success Story Is a Cautionary Tale

Field experiments now dominate development economics—often at the expense of the world’s poor.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi gives a speech at the Kevadia Colony of Narmada District in India on Sept. 17.

Western Accolades Are Egging Autocrats On

The Gates Foundation is giving an award to Narendra Modi. That's a big mistake.

Sudanese dockworkers unload a U.S. aid shipment organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme at Port Sudan, Sudan on the Red Sea coast, on May 5, 2016.

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.

Document of the Week: Is the U.N. Revisiting the Ban on Big Tobacco?

Outgoing U.N. official pleads a case for the tobacco industry, saying health expertise and cigarette jobs can contribute to global prosperity and improved understanding of health risks.