- Critical QuestionsBy Jennifer G. Cooke, Benjamin HubnerMay 2, 2016
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced in March that it had suspended its partnership with the government of Tanzania. Relations had been in freefall since last October, when elections in the semiautonomous islands of Zanzibar were annulled. The dispute puts at risk an MCC grant of $472 million intended to help Tanzania bolster its power sector.
- CommentaryApr 26, 2016
What happens to a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) evaluation after it has been completed? Does it sit on a shelf, disappear into an online netherworld, or actually get used to shape programs and inform decisionmaking?
- CommentaryApr 14, 2016
This week Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made his second visit to India since becoming secretary of defense in February 2015. The strategic community had fairly high expectations for the visit, particularly as it became apparent that three “Foundation Agreements” that will widen the aperture for defense cooperation are under serious consideration.
- CommentaryBy Daniel F. Runde, Charles F. RiceApr 4, 2016
Every three years the World Bank Group requests a fresh infusion of capital from its shareholders to replenish its International Development Association (IDA) account. IDA is one of the largest providers of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, and through its grants, concessional loans, and debt relief programs provides critical support for a range of development interventions in countries with a per capita gross national income (GNI) below $1,215. The latest round of replenishment (IDA 18) began with meetings in Paris this March and represents a vital moment of reflection and accountability for the World Bank.
- ReportBy Helen MoserApr 4, 2016
This report discusses the estimated $1 trillion annual global infrastructure gap and provides recommendations on how U.S. agencies and multilateral development banks can better incentivize private-sector investment in global infrastructure. While many private companies are looking to support infrastructure projects with readily available capital, they have not found a viable project pipeline.
- Severe, Climate Change-driven Wheat Fungus Found in Bangladesh, Highlighting Need for Risk Management ProgramsCommentaryBy Reid HamelMar 28, 2016
Bangladesh, once derisively referred to by Henry Kissinger as a “basket case” for its seemingly intractable poverty, has made impressive strides across development sectors in the past three decades, particularly in agriculture.
- ReportMar 28, 2016
China’s recent global infrastructure development initiatives serve to place it at the center of Asian regional and worldwide economic activity, while also meeting a critical need in the developing world. In marked contrast, the United States lacks a strategic approach to supporting global infrastructure investment. While the U.S.
- ReportMar 28, 2016
President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” Initiative highlights the influences shaping the genesis of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, examines the balance China is seeking to strike between geostrategic ambitions and practical economic aims, and explores the mechanisms the Xi administration is establishing to manage its implementation.
- CommentaryBy David ThroupMar 18, 2016
The people of Zanzibar go to the polls on March 20 to choose a new president and government for the second time in five months. The previous election was annulled three days after the vote, in what was widely seen as a move by elements within the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) to prevent an imminent opposition victory.
- CommentaryBy Phuong NguyenMar 17, 2016
In Southeast Asia, Japan can be said to enjoy unrivaled popularity. According to the 2015 Pew Global Attitudes survey, an average of about 80 percent of respondents surveyed across four Southeast Asian countries said they hold a favorable view of Japan.