In a recent research report conducted by the Heritage Foundation, they found bipartisan dissatisfaction with the U.S. foreign assistance programs and calls for them to be overhauled. Unfortunately, these efforts often fall victim to politics wherein various interests stall reforms to protect their preferred priorities, programs, or allocations. The Heritage Foundation is hosting a discussion with their panelists as they share their perspectives on what is wrong with U.S. assistance programs, what should be done to improve them, and where the most promising opportunities are to achieve that objective
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On Wednesday, June 20, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings and Publish What You Fund will co-host the launch of the sixth Aid Transparency Index. The report, which assesses 45 of the world’s largest donors, is the only independent global measure of aid transparency. Following a presentation on the findings of the index, a panel of experts will discuss new areas of transparency for development finance, with a focus on the role of development finance institutions and humanitarian aid and how these actors can continue to expand their transparency.
We have long understood that war and conflict produce poverty and hunger. Yet today, with the number of hungry people on the rise for the first time a decade, record levels of human displacement and an explosion of man-made crises, we are learning that hunger is not simply a byproduct of war, but can be a root cause of instability. A new report from World Food Program USA, Winning the Peace: Hunger and Instability, chronicles the link between food insecurity and instability through history, providing a comprehensive review of academic literature on this topic.
The Brookings Global-CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative (ESPLA) and the Latin America Initiative at Brookings are co-hosting a discussion with regional and humanitarian experts on the Venezuelan refugee crisis and the national, regional, and global responses.
Current social movements have focused an overdue spotlight on the disadvantages faced by women and girls around the world. CSIS is hosting a discussion of both the challenges of persistent gender inequality and the inspiring strength and resilience of women and girls, especially vis-à-vis their contributions to food and nutrition security in unstable environments.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host a discussion about the ongoing conflict in Syria. Panelists will include Brookings Senior Fellows Suzanne Maloney and Amanda Sloat. Pavel Baev, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and research professor at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, will also participate. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings, in collaboration with Stand With Congo, will host a discussion on the current state of the DRC as violence rises and elections are purportedly on the horizon. Panelists will include Tom Perriello, former U.S. special envoy for the African Great Lakes and Congo-Kinshasa; Omékongo Dibinga, professor at American University; and EJ Hogendoorn from the International Crisis Group. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
From March 5-7, the World Bank is hosting the 2018 Fragility Forum under the theme Managing Risks for Peace and Stability. The forum will bring together policy makers and practitioners from humanitarian, development, peace and security communities to share practical solutions and explore innovative ways to improve development approaches to foster peace and stability.
Reducing violence and preventing the growth of violent movements are perennial challenges for the international community and the role of economic interventions has long been debated. New American is hosting a discussion around the new report from Mercy Corps and the Political Violence FieldLab at Yale University which brings new evidence to the debate based on a randomized controlled trial in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Can youth employment programs and cash transfers make a difference?
CSIS is hosting a presentation and armchair discussion with Alex de Waal, the author of “Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine.” Considered one of the leading experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, de Waal has crafted a comprehensive history of modern famines and the factors that influence their origins, duration, and severity in his latest book. This work is particularly timely with an unprecedented number of countries facing possible famine conditions in 2018—Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, and Ethiopia.
In their paper, researchers at the Urban Institute and the Center for Global Development are studying the relationship between child health and conflict in Nigeria by combining geo-coded data from the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) of 2013 and the Social Conflict Analysis Database. At this event hosted by CGDEV, they will discuss their findings and their implications, as well as some of the challenges to studying health in conflict-torn places.
This event, hosted by the Wilson Center, will assess the key factors guiding current peacebuilding efforts in South Sudan. It will also present an assessment of the shortcomings of current efforts focusing on the interaction, or lack thereof, between international partners and local stakeholders. By identifying the barriers to more efficient peacebuilding, this discussion seeks to share lessons learned, best practices, and opportunities for better collaboration between local and international actors.
At a critical point in time when world hunger is increasing, reversing years of progress, food aid remains a key – and contentious – element of American foreign policy today. CSIS is hosting an armchair conversation about the history and future of U.S. food aid policy with Barry Riley, author of the new book “The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence.”
The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, is holding a hearing on resolving the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
CSIS is hosting an event to discuss the six major foreign assistance reform proposals released on October 20, 2017.
U.S. Foreign Assistance Architecture and Funding: Opportunities and Challenges for the 115th Congress
The Society for International Development is hosting a candid off-the-record conversation for experts to share insights into the changes we might anticipate for international assistance programs. What are some of the opportunities and challenges before Congress and the Administration? How would a change to U.S. foreign assistance structures through “redesign” impact U.S. diplomacy and development efforts?