At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • The Trump administration strongly links development assistance to US national security concerns and economic growth. Economic development, particularly for women, and increasing US development finance capabilities are top priorities. Meanwhile, funding for global health faces significant cuts in President Trump’s budget proposal.
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to operationalize support to countries to transition from development assistance to self-reliance. The agency is also working on reforms to improve food and water security.

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Outlook
  • USAID is reorienting the way it works with partner countries under the ‘Journey to Self-Reliance’, a 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 early 2020, the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the US’ new development finance institution (DFI), was launched. The DFC focuses on national security and women’s economic empowerment.