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In International Development: Imitation is, Indeed, the Sincerest Form of Flattery

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s dismissal was announced, he delivered brief farewell remarks at the Department. In the media much was made of the fact that Mr. Tillerson neither thanked President Trump nor praised him. In fact, the Secretary did not utter his boss’s name.... Read More

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Kudos to OMB for Strong Evaluation Guidelines, What’s Next for Implementation?

As mandated by the bipartisan Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA; P.L. 114-191), last month the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued guidance to foreign aid agencies regarding the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of assistance programs.... Read More

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The Time Really is Now to Modernize U.S. Food Aid Policy

 For decades, the Food for Peace program has been a pillar of America’s worldwide efforts to prevent hunger and starvation and bring stability to the developing world. Supported by the productivity and hard work of America’s farmers--and the generosity of the American people--Food for Peace has helped more than four billion people in 150 countries.... Read More

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Bar Tillerson from Role in Cardin-Lugar Anti-Graft Measure, NGOs Say

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson boasted to “60 Minutes” last weekend that, as the globe-trotting chief of oil giant ExxonMobil, he had an 18-year-relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. He said, “It was always about what could I do to be successful on behalf of my shareholders, how Russia could succeed.” Nothing, of course, about America’s national security goals.... Read More

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Don’t Stop the Food Renaissance

Why biotechnology skepticism isn’t just ignorant- it’s irresponsible.... Read More

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Groups want Exxon, Chevron kicked off anti-corruption panel

            For the past few years, oil giants ExxonMobil and Chevron have been playing a double game with regard to corporate responsibility, transparency, and fighting corruption in the notoriously graft-prone international oil business.... Read More

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Dots Unconnected: The Trump Administration National Security Strategy and American Foreign Assistance

What are those who care about the role of U.S. foreign assistance in the world to make of the Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy, recently released by the White House?... Read More

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It's Time for Congress to Get Serious About Executive Power

The American presidency continues to accumulate power- a significant shift that should concern both Democrats and Republicans.... Read More

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Are We Really Learning from Evaluations?

Last week our Foreign Aid Effectiveness team at The Lugar Center (TLC), in partnership with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), released a new report on the role of evaluation and learning in U.S. foreign assistance programs. Why did we take on this project, why now, and what’s next?... Read More

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EITI Pull-Out: Another Blow to U.S. Leadership on Fighting Corruption

American leadership and credibility in fighting global corruption took another blow last week with the Trump administration’s announcement that the U.S. will pull out immediately as a reporting country from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global anti-corruption project.... Read More

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