Loving USAID to Death


by Diana Ohlbaum For those who recall the relentless attacks on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the recent outpouring of support for the institution and its mission is simply stunning. A discussion… Continue Reading  

A Bevy of Good Ideas on Foreign Aid Reform….If Anyone’s Listening


by Diana Ohlbaum There are lots of difficult problems with no good solutions. Foreign aid isn’t one of them. For starters, the system works, even if it’s not particularly efficient, or popular with the public. It can be enhanced with… Continue Reading  

Redesigning the Foreign Aid Architecture


by Diana Ohlbaum Donald Trump is hardly the first U.S. president to call for bureaucratic reorganization to improve government efficiency and effectiveness. But his demand for crippling and disproportionate cuts in international spending, his attacks on multilateral cooperation, and his… Continue Reading