USAID

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Yemeni child

Humanitarian Groups Demand Trump Reverse Yemen Aid Freeze

Aid groups operating in Houthi-controlled areas are unable to deliver lifesaving support.

A roundtable discussion is held with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s subcommittee on the U.S. strategy for implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Act, on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2019.

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.

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.

An ambulance sits parked near the U.S. Capitol building.

Key Nominees Sit in Limbo as Trump Grapples with Senate

U.S. scrambling to fill major posts addressing the coronavirus pandemic and economic aid.

USAID Administrator Mark Green speaks in Ecuador.

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.

Iraqi men unload USAID supplies north of Baghdad.

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.

Locusts take flight from ground vegetation as young girls run toward their cattle at Larisoro village near Archers Post, Kenya, on Jan. 21.

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.”

Doctors attend to patients hit by the coronavirus.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in Washington.

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.

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.

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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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Aug. 16, 2018. (Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

Despite Pompeo’s Call for ‘Swagger,’ Trump Slashes Diplomatic Budget

The U.S. president’s 2020 budget request is especially harsh on the U.N. and refugees. Democrats call it “dead on arrival.”