Will the US lead on international development?

25 January 2009
Various authors

20 January 2009 marked an historic moment in American history, as the nation inaugurated its first African American President, Barack Obama.

But what does this mean for the rest of the world, and particularly for developing countries?

The expectations of the Obama Presidency across the North and South are huge. There is great hope for a renewed multilateral approach to climate change, foreign policy and international development. But during a global economic downturn, with the stated primary aim of the new administration to put the American economy back on track and secure American jobs, how will the new President respond to the wishes of the world and the leadership role it wants to place on his shoulders?

These opinions by ODI researchers set out key challenges for the incoming US President – challenges that are critical to the reduction of poverty and the reduction of suffering in the developing world.



Senior Research Associate
Simon is an economist who began his career working overseas, first in Kenya and India for the UN [...]
Principal Research Fellow, Director CPAN project
Andrew Shepherd is the Director of CPAN. Andrew has now led the production of three Chronic Poverty [...]
Nicola Jones
Principal Research Fellow
Nicola is the Director of the DFID-funded nine-year global mixed methods Gender and Adolescence: [...]
Principal Research Fellow, Director of Programme – Gender Equality and Social Inclusion
Dr Caroline Harper is a Principal Research Fellow and Head of ODI’s Gender Equality and Social [...]
Principal Research Fellow
Originally from Mexico, Alina is a Principle Research Fellow in the Politics and Governance [...]