Devex, NPR Examine Trump Administration’s Freeze On Foreign Aid To Northern Triangle

Devex: Is ‘blocking movement’ a measure of U.S. aid success in Northern Triangle?
“Reorienting all U.S. foreign assistance in the Northern Triangle would fundamentally change the way organizations can respond to challenges in the region…” (Welsh, 9/18).

NPR: Trump Froze Aid To Guatemala. Now Programs Are Shutting Down
“…In 2018, at least 116,000 Guatemalans crossed the southern U.S. border — more than from any other country except Mexico. Its people were fleeing rural poverty, food insecurity, climate change, and drug-related violence. Over the past few decades, the U.S. government has sought to remedy these internal problems by channeling hundreds of millions of dollars through dozens of local and international nongovernmental organizations that carry out development and humanitarian programs on its behalf. The months since the freeze was announced [in April by the Trump administration] have been chaotic for those groups, which in the Northern Triangle usually rely on the U.S. for the lion’s share of their operating budget. Now, as their coffers run dry, they’re scaling back programs or ending them early, closing their offices and laying off dozens of staff…” (McDonnell, 9/17).

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