A little more than three months ago, Donald J. Trump, was sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States. His status as a political outsider was certainly refreshing to many people who just wanted someone to go to Washington and make things work and help to make life better. President Trump has brought an interesting and unconventional style of governing to the country. His campaign theme, “Make America Great Again”, which resonated with many on the campaign trail, is now, with his first budget outline submitted to Congress, about to be translated into policy practice.
However, many are concerned that a more nationalist agenda will mean a retreat from America’s traditional leadership role abroad in development and humanitarian assistance for Africa and other less developed regions of the world. The Administration’s budget proposals would slash the international affairs budget by up to 31 percent or about $17 billion. A cut of this magnitude, if approved, is likely to have a devastating effect on Africa. With just over half of Africare’s revenue coming from the U.S. government, a funding cut like this would significantly impact our programs and the many individuals and communities that benefit from our work in Africa. So, we, like many other NGOs, are concerned deeply about how the Administration’s budget proposal will affect overall development assistance, and we have joined with others to voice those concerns.