Africa / Asia / Caribbean / Impact Assessment / Latin America / Research / USA

Signs of an American shift from development aid to development investment

Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010, a side event at the COP16 climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico (photo credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT). Huffpost Business this week investigates ‘an intriguing dynamic developing in our nation’s capital among the three major influences that could end up changing the future of American aid to developing countries. ‘One is … Continue reading

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‘Helping farmers become self-sufficient is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and hunger’–Gates and Shah

Fatima Kagenda, 53-year-old maize, potato and cassava farmer, as well as dressmaker and church treasurer, in the village of Khulungira, in central  Malawi, with hoe, crutches and knitting (photo credit: ILRI/CGIAR/Mann). The international development website Devex reports this week that billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and Rajiv Shah, administrator of the United States Agency for International … Continue reading

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With Clinton and Shah, will USAID regain its leadership role in development assistance?

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with women from AWARD—African Women in Agricultural Research and Development—during a tour of the headquarters of the Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute, in Nairobi, Kenya, 5 August 2009; Sheila Ommeh, a Kenyan AWARD Fellow and geneticist studying Kenya’s native chicken breeds at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), is … Continue reading