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Specialist, Economic Growth and Trade Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim is an international development professional with technical, strategy, and management expertise in USAID project implementation, business development, and thought leadership. Daniel currently jointly serves as specialist on Chemonics’ Economic Growth and Trade (EGT) Practice and coordinator on the USAID Innovative Finance Task Order, covering economic growth topics of results-based financing, entrepreneurship, enterprise development, mobilizing development finance, public financial management, and international trade. Prior to Chemonics, he piloted research in bilateral development finance institutions at the U.S. Export-Import Bank and assessed the feasibility of trade facilitation services in the Asia Pacific with the Center for International Private Enterprise. Daniel holds an M.A. in international political economy and development economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University.

by Daniel Kim

Enabling Net Zero Markets: Greening Public Financial Management

While external sources of funding like the Green Climate Fund (GCF) are critical to meeting a nation’s Paris Agreement goals, they are often out of reach without domestic financial systems and processes to absorb such funds and use them productively. To achieve the proper level of financing for national climate initiatives, countries should first look domestically and identify…

Making Central Bank Digital Currencies Work for Development

Money is going digital, full steam ahead. Within the past five years, interest around Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) has exploded. Nearly 100 CBDCs are currently in research or development stages, with CBDCs in Nigeria and the Bahamas already launched. Unlike volatile cryptocurrency assets (e.g., bitcoin and stablecoins), CBDCs offer promising development benefits through central…

Navigating Enterprise-Destroying Pitfalls in SME Assistance

The elusive quest for economic growth is one of much trial and error. Its complexity is multiplied when considering the concurrent goals of resilience, inclusion, sustainability, and being broad-based and private-sector led. Forming an evidence-based and multi-sectoral strategy tackling this very problem is the herculean task that USAID’s latest economic growth policy faces. Even with a great strategy…