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  • Tens of Millions of US Foreign Aid Quietly Cut (Foreign Policy) – Tens of millions of dollars for human rights programs run by State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor are now in jeopardy after bureaucratic maneuvers by the Trump administration to pare down US funding for foreign aid.
  • USAID reprograms Central America funds for use inside Venezuela (Devex) – USAID Administrator Mark Green this week signed a $98 million agreement with the interim Venezuelan government of Juan Guaido that reprograms aid originally intended for Central America to Venezuela.  This is the first such bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Venezuela in over 65 years.
  • MFAN Co-Chairs Announce New Co-Chair and Two New ExecCommittee embers (MFAN) — The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network co-chairs Lester Munson and Tessie San Martin have announced that Larry Nowels will serve as Co-Chair of the Executive Committee. Mr. Nowels recently served as the network’s interim Executive Director and was a founding member of MFAN. MFAN has also announced the addition of two new Executive Committee members:  Lori Groves Rowley, Director of Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness at the Lugar Center and nearly 20 years of senior leadership and committee experience on Capitol Hill; and Susan Reichle, Chief Executive Officer of the International Youth Foundation, who draws on 25 years of experience leading USAID policy development and programs overseas and in Washington, D.C.
  • The Trump Administration Prepares a New Assault on U.S. Soft Power (Wash Post)– At last year’s UN General Assembly, President Trump announced the United States would redirect aid money to countries that agree with his administration’s policies. This could “gut U.S. soft power, fuel extremism and cede large parts of the world to influence from US adversaries, especially China.”
  • US Aid Experts Ask – How Much Will Trump’s Development Review Matter? (Devex)– The fate of the Trump administration’s foreign assistance review has been a lingering question for the US aid community for months.
  • Federal Employees Have More Withdrawal Choices for Retirement Savings (Wash Post)— Current and former federal employees and military personnel will have more options starting Sunday when withdrawing money from their retirement accounts.
  • Experts Question DFID’s Promised Spending Boost (Devex) – A number of British aid experts questioned the details of the proposed 1.5% (real terms) increase to DFID’s budget for the year 2020-21 fearing it will be transferred to other departments.

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