U.S. Government Shutdown, Unpredictable Budget Hinders Aid Groups’ Long-Term Planning, Operations

Devex: For U.S. aid groups, shutdowns are just one piece of a bigger problem
“…While the short duration of this shutdown limited any direct impact on U.S. development programs, Congress has only bought three weeks of funding with this deal, and future, longer shutdowns could prove more disruptive. In the meantime, the broader climate of uncertainty and political fighting that forced government agencies to close their doors for one day has also had broader consequences for U.S. aid efforts. Unpredictable budgets have hobbled long-term planning, and U.S. country offices have responded in different ways, creating inconsistency and incoherence that humanitarian and development organizations still have to cope with, their leaders say…” (Igoe, 1/25).