The Project on U.S. Leadership in Development is focused on leveraging all American assets—the private sector in particular—to promote economic development, improve livelihoods, and reduce poverty worldwide. The world faces incredible challenges at a time when donor country political environments are marked by protectionism and populism. Strong global engagement, promotion of the transformative potential of the private sector, and a leadership role in the liberal international order all provide significant opportunities for U.S. businesses, foreign policy priorities, and ultimately the American people. The urge to retrench and retreat in the face of crisis is strong; but this is precisely when the U.S. should double down as a global leader in development.
The project seeks to renew the discourse in Washington and to provide policymakers with fresh, actionable recommendations to maintain America’s leadership role in development.
Areas of Focus
This project aims to set a bipartisan policy agenda that will lead to a set of actionable recommendations.
CSIS has strong ongoing initiatives in global health, human rights, trade, food security, and economic development. The project is focused on generating new ideas and innovative approaches in a range of areas, including:
- Governance, rule of law, and domestic resource mobilization
- Private sector, economic, and rural development
- Development finance, trade, foreign investment, and the role of multilateral institutions
- Technology and innovation
- Root causes of instability, humanitarian assistance, and post-conflict recovery
All Project on U.S. Leadership in Development Content
Report by Romina Bandura and Owen Murphy — October 26, 2020
Event by Daniel F. Runde , Franck Bousquet , and James (Jim) A. Schear — October 23, 2020
Event by Daniel F. Runde , Peter Raymond , Enoh Ebong , Jonathan Said , and Karin Krchnak — February 26, 2020
Event by Daniel F. Runde , Peter Righi , Agnes Dasewicz , Wesley Alexander , Shamarukh Mohiuddin , and William Sonneborn — January 14, 2020
Event by Daniel F. Runde , Gloria D. Steele , Richard Bissell , Daniel Speckhard , and Sarah Thorn — December 3, 2019
Event by Daniel F. Runde , Patrick Fine , Amber Gove , Pia Saunders Campbell , and Julie Cram — October 30, 2019
Event by Daniel F. Runde , Dan Hymowitz , Sara Lawrence , Janet Auer , and Rep. Tim Penny — September 20, 2019
Report by Daniel F. Runde , Jake Cusack , and Matthew Tilleard — September 18, 2019
Event by Beverly Kirk , Johanna Nesseth Tuttle , Zoë Dean-Smith , Amb. Mathilde Mukantabana , and Astri Kimball Van Dyke — July 24, 2019
Podcast Episode — July 12, 2019