By all measures, 2018 was a tumultuous year for U.S. foreign aid programs and institutions. Once again, President Donald Trump’s administration took aim at global development programs in its budget request — and then doubled down on that position with an unprecedented attempt to retract money that had already been appropriated. At the same time, the U.S. Congress delivered a major — and bipartisan — victory for modernizing America’s development finance instruments; and the country’s largest single initiative received a renewed vote of confidence. These ups and downs played out against the backdrop of a climate that is changing faster than anyone previously thought — and on the cusp of a new political dynamic in America as the Democratic party takes over the House of Representatives in January. Read more here.