President Trump will soon send Congress his budget for FY 2020, including his proposed spending levels for US foreign assistance. In his first two budgets, President Trump proposed drastic cuts – over 30% – to US aid on global health, education, agriculture, democracy, and other global development programs. Congress has roundly rejected these budgets, keeping US foreign assistance at essentially the same levels.
When the US made the important commitment to aid transparency in Busan in 2011, it was applauded as a significant step toward more effective, evidence-based foreign assistance. The transparency road has been a bit bumpy, but some recent work by USAID in Bangladesh gives us some important reasons to cheer.
The US joined other major donors and agreed to publish information on how and where they disburse their aid...