Foreign Aid

Antony Blinken speaks at his Senate confirmation hearing.

Democrats Push Biden to Ramp Up Spending on Diplomacy and Aid

A $12 billion funding boost aims to reverse some of the Trump damage.

A specialist inside a COVID-19 mobile unit set up by the Peruvian Ministry of Health at the Hipolito Unanue Hospital in Lima on Feb. 27, 2020.

A Fight Over a Trump Official Could Block Aid to Latin America

The largest provider of urgently needed aid is up for a bigger budget, but some Democrats first want to remove its Trump-nominated head.

A store is hit by airstrikes in Yemen.

The Biden Administration Should Prevent an ‘Atrocity Famine’ in Yemen

After declaring an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led offensive, there is more the president can do.

A morgue attendant at the Pretoria branch of the South African funeral and burial services company Avbob stands next to the body of a patient who died from COVID-19-related illnesses as a coffin is brought along ahead of his burial on Jan. 22.

‘People Are Scared’: U.S. Officials in Africa Fight a Resurgent COVID-19

As a new variant of the coronavirus spreads across southern Africa, U.S. aid officials are worried about health care—and a lack of guidance from Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Mounts Last-Minute Attempt to Starve Funding for Foreign Aid, Global Vaccine Efforts

But congressional sources say it’s highly unlikely lawmakers will cut billions of dollars of already appropriated funding.

Airport personnel check humanitarian aid supplies from USAID

USAID Chief Plans to Block Last-Minute Push to Add Trump Loyalists

Trump administration appointees at the U.S. Agency for International Development planned to use their final days in power to install allies who would help promote a conservative social agenda.

United States Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power speaks during a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting on the situation in Syria, at the United Nations September 25, 2016 in New York. 
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Biden Names Former U.N. Envoy to Head USAID, Beefs Up Asia Staff

Samantha Power, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., will seek to revive a troubled agency, while Obama-era veterans Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner get top Asia jobs.

A member of the airport personnel moves a trolley as they unload 60 tons of humanitarian supplies from USAID from a plane at the airport in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 2, 2014.

Personnel Cuts Leave USAID With Skeleton Crew to Monitor Nearly $1 Billion of Aid Programs in Iraq

After a drawdown of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered another cut in response to threats from Iran.

Afghan Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto

Afghans, Under Fire for Corruption, Accuse Donors of Hypocrisy

Much of the donor money to Afghanistan is lost to fraud and abuse, in part by Western companies.

A USAID mural, to commemorate the building of supportive walls and road shoulders, is pictured in the village of al-Badhan, north of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 25, 2018.

Controversial Trump USAID Appointee Returns from Absence

While seasoned federal officials are being fired, Trump’s loyalists are coming back, threatening fresh tensions between the outgoing administration and Congress.

Biden announces his foreign-policy and national security team.

Biden Eyes Humanitarian Experts to Lead U.S. Agency for International Development

The next USAID chief will grapple with a pandemic, galloping food insecurity, and allegations of chronic mismanagement under Trump.

Members of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie patrol in the Omar Bongo Square of Cameroon's majority Anglophone Southwest province capital Buea on Oct. 3, 2018.

Cameroon’s Government Is Deceiving the West While Diverting Foreign Aid

Paul Biya’s regime is ignoring the battle against Boko Haram and the Islamic State and using foreign counterterrorism assistance to fund its brutal repression of citizens with legitimate grievances.

Senegalese soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, on July 24, 2019, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with U.N. markings injured several troops and civilians in an attack on an international peacekeeping base in Mali.

Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali

The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.

Donald Trump attends a worship service in Las Vegas.

Trump Officials Seek to Push Social Conservative Values in International Agreements

The U.S. administration exports anti-abortion policies abroad and strips international agreements of references to “sexual orientation” and “gender identities.”

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.

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.

An employee at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees scans the eye of an Afghan refugee at the UNHCR registration center in Peshawar, Pakistan on June 23, 2016.

Big Brother Turns Its Eye on Refugees

Biometrics have crept into humanitarian aid, but the systems may disadvantage women who need help most.

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