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President Donald Trump’s 2018 fiscal year budget proposal would shift funds from the United States Agency for International Development to the State Department, hinting at potential changes in how development is carried out and shedding light on which parts of foreign aid could take the biggest hit.

The Trump administration proposes a 30.8 percent cut to the overall foreign aid budget, according to a State Department budget document obtained by Devex on Monday. That top line figure was already apparent in the administration’s so-called “skinny” budget released last month, but the latest document offers great detail.

The budget proposal eliminates essentially all funding through the development assistance account, which helps fund a host of programs from education to clean water. The spending in the account is designed based on country strategies and strategic policies at USAID and are evaluated closely. Aid channeled through the USAID Bureau of Food Security; Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, and the Global Development Lab would face steep cuts.

“What I see happening in this budget is elimination and draconian cuts to aspects of the foreign aid program critical for getting results,” said George Ingram, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “You are removing the account and mechanisms that produce the greatest accountability.”

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Source : https://www.devex.com/news/budget-cuts-target-development-assistance-hint-at-organizational-change-90132

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