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.
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.
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 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.
Trump USAID Appointee Takes Sudden Absence After Controversial Tenure
Employees at the agency had criticized Pete Marocco for mismanagement.
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.”
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 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.
Humanitarian Groups Demand Trump Reverse Yemen Aid Freeze
Aid groups operating in Houthi-controlled areas are unable to deliver lifesaving support.
With the Women, Peace, and Security Act, Washington Could Be a Model for the World
In congressional hearings this week, it just needs to figure out how to better implement the legislation.
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.
Key Nominees Sit in Limbo as Trump Grapples with Senate
U.S. scrambling to fill major posts addressing the coronavirus pandemic and economic aid.
Outgoing USAID Chief Says Pandemic Underscores Importance of Foreign Aid
In an interview, Mark Green says this is no time to be slashing assistance to the developing world or global health.
Fears Mount as Trump Administration Guts USAID’s Iraq Presence
A senior lawmaker fears drastically reduced U.S. diplomatic and aid footprint could pave the way for Islamic State comeback.
Top U.S. Aid Chief Warns of Locust Devastation in East Africa
“You really have to go back to decades ago in the U.S., to Dust Bowl days, to understand just how devastating this can be.”
Trump Seeks to Halve U.S. Funding for World Health Organization as Coronavirus Rages
The president’s new budget would cut more than $3 billion in global health programs.
Rights Groups Miss Out on Millions in Foreign Aid Due to U.S. Spending Restrictions
Congress won’t let Trump gut foreign assistance. So the administration made it harder to disburse funds, leaving aid programs in China, Iraq, and elsewhere in the lurch.
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.
U.S. Stopped Vital Foreign Aid Programs in the Name of Counter-Trafficking
Money that could have been used to curtail the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa or support demining programs in Southeast Asia was held up over human trafficking complaints.