At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • The Trump administration strongly links development assistance to US national security concerns and economic growth. Economic development is a top priority, while funding for global health and flagship programs is strong.  
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has presented additional priorities: supporting countries to transition from development assistance to self-reliance and humanitarian assistance.


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  • USAID is reorienting the way it works with partner countries under the ‘Journey to Self-Reliance’, a new strategy to “end the need for” foreign assistance in partner countries. It is also transforming its organizational structure to promote more effective development assistance by merging several key offices and functions, including budget and policy. 
  • In late 2018, Congress approved legislation to create a new development finance institution (DFI), the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The legislation doubles the size of the US’ current DFI and authorizes a wider set of development finance tools.