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US Development Aid: What Does the Next Administration Hold?

January 11, 2017 @ 6:30 AM7:30 PM UTC+0

$7 – $20

In November, the international community watched as Americans elected Donald Trump the next President, leaving many with unanswered questions about what lies ahead for international development. The United States government is currently the biggest foreign aid donor in the world. Washington’s actions also influence how much other governments contribute to global efforts to eliminate poverty, reduce hunger, empower women and local actors, and increase access to education and healthcare.

Trump said little about his stance on international aid throughout his campaign. Republicans have supported foreign aid in the past because it contributes to national security at home, which is also one of Trump’s biggest priorities. However, if his nationalist ideologies and “Make America First” rhetoric are any indicators of future actions, foreign aid — despite representing less than 1% of the national budget — may be on the chopping block.

If the next administration discontinues or significantly reduces funding, what other options do aid organizations and developing countries have for support of critical projects? What progress has been made, and what hope is there for the world’s most vulnerable people? Dana Hyde, the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Richard Leach, the President and CEO of World Food Program USA, will share insights about major achievements in recent years and shifting priorities for the future.


Dana Hyde
Chief Executive Director, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Richard Leach
President and CEO, World Food Program USA


Jane Wales
CEO, World Affairs and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute


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