Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Will you be in Vermont this August? Join other USAID alumni for a picnic hosted by Nils Daulaire on Wednesday at his home, Upper Lea Farm, in South Royalton, Vermont. For more information, contact Nils at email@example.com
Monday, September 18, 2017 – 10:00 to Noon – UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue – David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies at Georgetown University and a USAID alumnus, will speak on “Erroneous Estimates: How South Korea and Burma (Myanmar) Upended Early Development Expectations.”
Monday, October 23, 2017 – 10:00 to Noon – UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue. Join us as Mr. Inder Sud, President, World Bank Alumni, will present the findings of his recent book in a provocative talk entitled “Reforming Foreign Aid: Reinvent the World Bank (and more)”.
Monday, December 4, 2017 – 10:00 to Noon – UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue. Long-time USAID and World Bank colleague Jerry Wolgin, will speak about a subject he knows very well – “African Economic Growth: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.
2017 UAA “Alumni of the Year” Awards
Purpose: The “Alumni of the Year” awards are intended to recognize and celebrate new paths taken by USAID alumni to provide service to their communities and make lasting contributions to others.
What are we looking for? We plan to continue with the premise, began in 2014, that one award would go to someone whose contributions were mainly domestic and another one to a nominee whose contributions were primarily overseas. Nevertheless, over the past three years, the work of several nominees covered activities both at home and abroad. The Committee will be flexible and, depending on the nature of the nominations, it may honor more than one person in each of these two categories (as we did in 2014) or perhaps honor two in one category and none in the other (as was the case in 2015).
The list below provides examples of service that are appropriate for consideration. We are not tied to any of them and leave to the discretion of individuals wishing to nominate someone – or to self-nominate.
- Service with NGOs and other groups (profit or non-profit) that work closely with communities with special needs, at home, abroad, or both. Examples may include legal services or advocacy for disadvantaged groups, foster parenting, medical service in underserved areas, etc.
- Service with groups that promote education (at any level), the arts and sciences (e.g., museums, community theatre, music appreciation, etc.).
- Support for civic programs of any kind (e.g., scouts movement or projects promoted by groups such as the Lions, Rotary or similar).
Most frequently, these services are provided on a voluntary basis. Nevertheless, we will not exclude nominations for individuals who are paid for the service they render as long as that service goes beyond the expected contributions and/or is not simply a continuation of the work the nominee was doing prior to separation from USAID. The post-USAID contribution should reflect innovative service likely to leave a long-lasting contribution to the communities and people being served.
Who can nominate? Anyone in the UAA registered alumni community may do so. This includes registered alumni, contributing members and members of the UAA Executive Committee. Only Awards Committee members are ineligible to nominate candidates.
Nominations format: Alumni interested in nominating someone (or in self-nominating) are asked to prepare a brief description of what the individual has been doing since leaving USAID and describe in a page or two (maximum) the innovative or transformative service of the nominee that merits recognition. It should describe the impact of the contribution and why it might be inspiring to others, particularly the USAID alumni community. Try to keep it simple. The Awards Committee will take it upon itself the task of verifying the facts contained in the nominations (including self-nominations) that stand out and merit further consideration.
Where to send nominations: All nominations should be sent electronically to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Survey of the UAA Membership
New! As it does every year, in January, the UAA sent a survey document to all of its members. The purpose of the survey was to understand better how well the organization is serving the needs and interests of its member constituents. By clicking here, you can read a summary of the survey results, as brilliantly composed by Carol Dabbs.
UAA Spring Reception
Nearly 100 USAID alumni, spouses, and current USAID employees attended the UAA’s Annual Spring Reception. For a third time, Alex and Pat Shakow hosted the event in the gracious home and wonderful gardens of their residence. It was a great success – and the rains held off, ensuring a lovely time for all.
Amendment to the UAA Bylaws
The UAA is very pleased to announce that its Board, at the October 13 meeting, approved an amendment to the Bylaws to establish an Associate Membership category. The Board also approved a related proposal that widows, widowers, and former spouses or partners of USAID Alumni who were eligible for UAA membership will now be eligible to apply for Associate Membership. The annual Associate membership fee will be $25.
The amended Bylaws now read, “Associate Membership is an eligibility category established to include individuals who do not meet the specific criteria for full UAA membership but who otherwise have provided service and support to USAID, remunerated or not, over a period of time which indicates commitment to the Agency’s objectives. Associate Members do not have voting privileges and are not eligible to serve on the UAA Board, but may directly participate on any of the established committees.” To view the bylaws in their entirety, click here.
We hope that many others will join our ranks as Associate Members in the coming months and actively participate in the UAA. Please share this information with those who are eligible to take advantage of this new category and encourage their participation in the UAA.
UAA 2016-18 Strategic Plan
Strategic Goals and Implementation Plan: The UAA Board approved an updated Statement of UAA Strategic Goals and Implementation Plan for 2016-2018. This statement provides a medium-term guide for the work of the UAA. It is intended to be a working document that will be reviewed and revised from time to time to reflect evolving circumstances. Members are invited to provide comments and suggestions on the goals and implementing actions at any time.
Bibliography of USAID Authors
Updated 3/17 Are you interested in the very early days of USAID programs – some of our most successful? This update includes William Warne’s 1956 book Mission for Peace: Point IV in Iran” and two books by economist David Cole who served in Korea and Indonesia: Korean Development: the Interplay of Politics and Economics, co-authored with Princeton Lyman; and Building a Modern Financial System – Indonesia. Cole has also alerted us to the 10 volume Harvard Institute of International Development/Korean Development Institute compendium, Modernization of Korea, that was funded by USAID and involved many writers who had worked for USAID (see Section X – USAID Program Histories).
A book co-authored by Warne’s son, Robert, about his work as a provincial advisor in Vietnam (War Without Guns) is also included. To learn more, both Warnes and Lyman have ADST oral histories available online.
Three new memoirs are also included (with titles highlighted in blue): The Dust of Kandahar by Amb. Jonathan Addleton who recently retired as USAID/India mission director and gave a wonderful USAID Author presentation at DACOR, Lu Rudel’s 2nd volume Agent for Change – International Development; and Michale Herder’s Far Away Places.
Please advise John Pielemeier (Jpielemeie@aol.com) of any other USAID Program Histories that we can add.
This bibliography has been prepared by members of the UAA with assistance from the USAID Knowledge Resource Center. It contains books written by current and former Agency employees and their family members with descriptions of the book content and the author’s relationship to USAID. To access the bibliography, click here.
USAID History Proposal – Pledge Request
For those of you who have not already made a pledge, we need your support. Please make a generous pledge to help us make this independent history of USAID a reality. Without your personal help it will not happen. We are already losing many of the firsthand accounts of USAID’s earlier work and there are nearly 55 years of learning to capture before it is too late. Please read about the project here and make a pledge now.
UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues:
The UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues is a series of interactive conversations on a broad range of topics relevant to the interests of international development professionals.
Below are summaries of the most recent events. Each includes a link either to an audio or video of the event. Being able to listen or watch an event should be of particular interest to Association members who live outside the DC area.
On May 22, Professor James Foster from the George Washington University’s Elliott School provided a clear and persuasive description of how traditional income-related measures of poverty should be complemented by use of multi-dimensional methods he and a colleague have developed. He reported on the increased adoption of such approaches by governments and international development agencies and their important impact on facilitating more targeted policy and budgetary choices. Hear the audio of his talk and the Q&A’s and see the PowerPoint of his presentation.
.On Monday, April 24, UAA and DACOR members were treated to a marvelous conversation between two distinguished and outstanding leaders of the international community, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister of Nigeria, and Princeton Lyman, a leading American diplomat who was, inter alia, American Ambassador to Nigeria and to South Africa (and before that USAID staff). They – and subsequently the audience – discussed the current state of African development, obstacles to growth in African economies (including armed conflicts throughout the region), the impact of severe youth unemployment, creative ideas for funding major infrastructure in Africa, the corrosive effects of entrenched corruption and many other salient topics. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s intelligence, skill, spirit, drive and great personal courage that have made her one of the world’s most admired and honored leaders were evident to all. Unfortunately, no audio recording is available for this session.
UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Jerry Weaver, John Cole Cool, Sidney Schmukler, Gary Bisson, Jerry Kieffer, Paul Guedet, Donor Lion, Deane Hinton, Frank Kimball, and Yvonne Thomas. A full listing of alumni obituaries may be seen in the In Memoriam section.
If you would like to provide a brief obituary or personal tribute for these former colleagues and friends to be posted on this website or if you know of other people who have passed way and have not been noted here, please send the information to: email@example.com Attn: Memorials.
UAA is your organization. Your getting involved in Association activities will make us stronger, more interesting and – definitely – more fun. Below are just some of the ways you can participate:
- UAA Speakers Roster
The UAA has a roster of some 65 alumni around the country who regularly speak to community groups, universities and others about a range of international development and foreign affairs issues, and who are available for additional engagements. Further information about the UAA Speakers Bureau can be found in the attached brochure. To become a member of the Speakers’ Roster is simple. Just fill in the information here and press the “send” button. If you are interested in finding USAID alumni in your area to speak at an event or to consult about a future program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UAA Committees
UAA has five committees. These include: Membership Services, Public Outreach, Strengthening USAID, Development Issues and Finance and Administration. You can find descriptions of the committees here. Your ideas, involvement and energy would be very welcomed in any one of these.
- Alumni Groupings
In several regions around the country (and, perhaps, eventually abroad), people have organized local USAID alumni groups. Find out about these and get contact information about them here.
Do you belong to a local alumni group not posted here? Please share it with all of us. Send information to email@example.com Attn: Alumni Groupings.
- Job and Volunteer Opportunities
Alumni looking for work? On request, UAA vets and posts USAID-related jobs and volunteer opportunities. For a full listing, see: Job Opportunities.
Also, from time to time, the AFSA Job Board may have employment or volunteer opportunities of relevance to USAID alums.
If you wish to post a job or volunteer opportunity, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, Attn: Jobs/Volunteers.
Below are the most recent postings:
New! Dexis is seeking an experienced Program Specialist to provide Democracy, Governance, Peace and Security (DGPS) expertise to USAID. S/he will develop and provide timely information, updates, expert analysis, briefs, and recommendations for action on DGPS-related developments and technical issues to key stakeholders within USAID including proposal and project reviews and assessments. The ideal candidate will have: 1) Master’s Degree and four years relevant experience, 2) Experience with USAID project and management procedures, 3) Technical experience related to countering violent extremism, human rights, elections, political processes, and anti-corruption, 4) Experience with USAID project and management procedures, 5) Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance with preference for candidates who have active clearances, 6) Willingness to undertake minimal short-term travel assignments, and 7) Authorization to work in the United States. Please send resume to email@example.com. 8/31
New! QED Group is seeking a new member for its Board of Advisors (BOA). QED is a mid-sized international development firm with field operations in 15 countries, a staff of over 160 people and significant contracts with USAID, CDC, USDA, etc. QED’s senior leadership has benefited the last 10 years from having a professional BOA provide advice and counsel on a range of critical strategic issues. The BOA provides a strict ‘advisory’ role and has no fiduciary responsibilities or voting rights. It is expected that each BOA member will contribute up to a maximum of 32 hours a year and will meet up to two times a year in person. A stipend is provided. The BOA member must have recently served in a senior/executive level position at USAID or related agency. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. (8/30)
New! Smithsonian Visitor Information Specialist Volunteer Visitor Information Specialists provide a warm welcome and useful information to Information Desk visitors at Smithsonian museums, galleries, and buildings. Volunteers will engage with visitors and help them plan memorable and exciting experiences so that they can discover all that the Smithsonian has to offer. Locations vary, depending on availability and vacancies within the program. For more information, visit https://www.si.edu/volunteer/museum-information-desk. 7/31
New! Freer/Sackler Galeriies: Visitor Information Specialist, Information Desk Visitor Information Specialists provide a warm welcome and useful information to visitors at Smithsonian museums, galleries, and buildings. The Office of Visitor Services is looking for dynamic and welcoming individuals who have a desire to talk with visitors and share information about the Smithsonian. Volunteers for this position will serve at the Freer/Sackler Galeries. The Galleries are gearing up for a busy fall, so check out this great opportunity at https://www.si.edu/volunteer/museum-information-desk. 7/31.
The USAID Global Development Lab is launching a new service, Innovation Matchmaking, to assist field Missions and their partners to more easily identify and integrate new innovations into their programs, as well as to access technical advisory support to help pilot, replicate, and/or scale helpful innovations. To support this service, GDL is recruiting a network of volunteer technical experts who can serve as Applied Innovation Expert Advisers to be listed in a Brain Trust Roster. These experts would advise Missions and GDL on innovations related to their sector expertise. The expectation is that maximum effort for participating would be 1-3 requests per quarter or roughly 1-2 hours of effort per request.
Requests to network experts are likely to include: • Identifying current innovations in their fields of expertise • Sharing lessons learned regarding innovations with which they have knowledge/experience • Reviewing and providing feedback on summaries of innovations • Participating in networking activities with innovators in their sector. For the full version of this notice, click here.
Anyone interested in volunteering for this service, please contact Shelie Miller, LAB/CDI, (202) 712-0297, email@example.com.
.USAID Mission Support Consultant – Global Health Program Cycle Improvement Project Apply by October 1st, 2017. Roles & Responsibilities: For an interim period, the Mission Support Consultant will be responsible for providing technical and management support to USAID Missions’ health programs and managing the day-to-day activities on specified Health Office needs. Qualifications: Master’s or Doctorate in public health or related field; familiarity with USAID health programs and policies; experience working at USAID; technical expertise in one of the following areas: MNCH, FP/RH, nutrition, health systems strengthening, HIV, TB, malaria, or related field; strong leadership and communications skills; experience working in a developing country settings; and proficient in English. This is a 1-6-month contract; location will vary. If interested, e-mail your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Mission Support” on the subject line.
The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is hiring individuals to serve as Personal Services Contractors (PSCs). USAID/OFDA is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crisis and disasters, and leads the USG’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 70 disasters in over 50 countries a year. OFDA is looking for qualified humanitarian professionals to serve in Washington, DC and Internationally as Regional Advisors, Policy Advisors, Program Officers, Training Specialists, Administrative Specialists, Communication Specialists, and Team Leaders. Full announcements of open positions can be found at www.ofdajobs.net. PSC positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.
– Peace Corp Response Program: The Peace Corps Response Program complements the traditional 2-year Peace Corps tour by providing volunteers to do short term (3-12 months), high impact projects to address critical needs in host countries. Many of these volunteer slots have been opened recently to professionals with at least 10 years of experience. Although many USAID alumni are returned Peace Corps Volunteers, even those who are not possess exactly the kind of skills needed as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. These positions come with the same benefits as the 2-year program, including travel to and from the country of service, full medical benefits, and a living stipend. To learn more about the program and view open positions, visit: peacecorps.gov/response. New positions are posted on this website as they are requested by the host country, so please check back regularly. For additional information and response to any questions, please contact Allison McReynolds at email@example.com.
(NOTE: Inclusion of any given article or web link does not constitute endorsement by UAA.)
Articles and Videos
Below are recent articles on development happenings, issues, etc. If you have comments on them, please share them with us in the Forum. If you have articles that you believe would be of general interest to the UAA membership, please submit them here or feel free to post or link them in the Forum.
Over time, this list of articles has grown. To keep this page at a manageable size, older articles have been removed. To see and access the full list of articles, please click here.
- New! ‘Rexit’ From (the Departure of the SecState) Is Now a Thing (Diplopundit) – Some sources say they would not be surprised if there was a “Rexit” from Foggy Bottom before the end of the year.
- New! A Practical Vision for US Development Reform (Center for Global Development) – To advance US values and foreign policy interests, while maintaining relevance in a changing global development landscape, this paper recommends organizing the US development architecture around four focal areas: State Fragility, Inclusive Growth, Global Health, and Humanitarian Assistance.
- New! Five Myths About the Foreign Service (Washington Post) – What we are vs. what people may think we are.
- New! USAID and State: On Marrying Bears and Frogs (RealClearDefense) – The debate continues to rage over how to integrate USAID into the Department of State. It’s the wrong debate—again—but for now, it has captured the city’s imagination.
- New! SFRC Grills D/S Sullivan About State FY18 Reauthorization Bill and Reorganizational Plans (Diplopundit) – He assured senators that there is no predetermination in absorbing USAID in State.
- New! House bill would cut State Department funding by 14 percent (The Hill) – The House Appropriations Committee proposed a spending bill that would cut 14 percent at the State Department in fiscal 2018 from current levels, half the reduction suggested by the White House.
- New! America’s Glorious Guilt (Washington Post)- OpEd by Michael Gerson: In an era of “America first,” we are sometimes better than our slogans. The assertion is still shocking: that a life on the other side of the world is created equal — honestly, objectively, God-blessedly equal — to our own.
- New! How to Deter North Korea (NY Times) – A letter to the editor by Alumnus Len Rogers.
- New! Is a More Prosperous World More Secure? Not as Trump Sees It (NY Times) – Since the end of World War II, American foreign policy has understood the role of economic development in the prevention of conflict around the world. President Trump isn’t buying.
- New! A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose (MFAN) – This discussion draft is intended to inform ongoing efforts around potential reform of U.S. aid agencies. It proposes to consolidate four agencies and several major State Department units into two new focused agencies: a Global Development Agency (GDA) and a Development Finance Corporation (DFC).
- New! Cuts to A.I.D. Budget (NY Times) – A letter to the editor by Alumnus John Champagne.
- New! US giving $638M aid to Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan (ABC News) – Regional conflict has helped to cause what the UN calls the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years. This assistance was approved by Congress months ago, but had been delayed by the Trump administration.
- New! State/USAID Listening Tour Report This report, commissioned by SecState Tillerson, is intended, among other things, to inform any future reorganization decisions.
- New! Foreign Aid: Fading Faith in Good Works (The Economist) – Aid brought Liberia back from the brink. It also weakened its fledgling government.*
- New! Trump Administration Wants to Rally World to Stop ‘Four Famines’ (Politico) – Food and water shortages, caused by conflict as well as climate, are threatening to tip parts of Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan into famine. The White House is planning to rally other governments to do more to prevent the calamity
- New! Trump Abandons Plan for New Food Aid Rules (The Hill) – President Trump will not pursue an executive order that would have required all U.S. food aid to be transported on U.S.-flagged ships. Doing so would have increased food aid costs and significantly slowed the amount of time it would take the food to reach beneficiaries.
- New! Tillerson Wants to Merge the State Dept. and USAID. That’s a Bad Idea. (Washington Post) In his always cogent style, former Administrator Andrew Natsios tells us why.
- New! Foreign Aid is About US Interests (Foreign Policy) – American foreign aid has never just been about merely doing good. Ever since the end of World War II, it has always also been recognized to be in our own interest.
- New! What Can Fiction Reveal About Development? (Devex) – Fiction can build depth, richness and empathy to the concepts development professionals grapple with daily.
- New! The IMF is Back in Africa (The Economist) – Falling commodity prices mean that loans are needed, overcoming distrust built up during the age of structural adjustment.
- New! Why I Resigned from the Foreign Service (Washington Post) – “When the administration decided to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change, however, I concluded that…I could not in good conscience be involved in any way with the implementation of that decision.”
- New! State Dept Releases New Sexual Assault Guidance For COM Personnel & Facilities Outside the United States (Diplopundit) – This is now a part of the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM).
- New! Both Sides Back Former GOP U.S. Rep. Mark Green at Confirmation Hearing for U.S. Foreign Aid Post (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) – Senators from both parties signaled their support for former ambassador and Wisconsin congressman Mark Green. Read Green’s opening statement here.
- New! Five Myths About Famine (Washington Post) – As we are facing one of the worst humanitarian food crises since World War II, former Administrator Gayle Smith rebuts some often mis-held conceptions.
- New! Ex-USAID Officer Pleads Guilty to Steering Contract to Close Friend (Washington Post) – BethAnne Moskov, 53, of Silver Spring, faces up to a year and a day in prison at Aug. 28 sentencing. She was deputy director for the USAID office of health, infectious disease and nutrition from 2012 to 2016.
- New! Foreign Assistance Agency Briefs (CGD) – CGD is providing briefing folders to every congressional office this week so that when Members and staff begin to consider the administration’s budget proposal for foreign assistance programs, they will have a solid guide on-hand to help them parse the details.
- Senators Young and Shaheen to Co-Chair CSIS Congressional Task Force On Reform And Reorganization Of U.S. Development Assistance (CSIS) – The task force is bipartisan and consists of former Bush administration and Obama administration officials, as well as retired senior State and USAID Foreign Service Officers. It will identify actionable steps that the Trump administration and the Congress can take to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability.
- Atwood Speech on the Achievements of the OECD Development Assistance Committee – The former USAID Administrator and chair of the OECD development assistance committee (DAC) gave the Kate Hamburger Lecture in Duisberg, Germany.
- Colin Powell: American Leadership — We Can’t Do It for Free (NY Times OpEd) – Being a great nation has always meant a commitment to building a better, safer world — not just for ourselves, but for our children and grandchildren. The administration’s proposal to slash approximately 30 percent from the State Department and foreign assistance budget signals an American retreat, leaving a vacuum that would make us far less safe and prosperous. While it may sound penny-wise, it is pound-foolish.
- Foreign Aid Under the Ax in State Department Budget Proposal (Washington Post) – SecState Tillerson said the proposal reflects Trump’s goal of a leaner, more efficient government that prioritizes national security and U.S. economic interests. Dropped would be more than two dozen countries now receiving assistance and direct the rest not to nations most in need but those deemed most critical to U.S. national security.
- All In: Tillerson on Trump’s FY2018 State and USAID Budget (Devex) – The Secretary released a statement calling the proposed -32% budget for his agency “responsive to the realities of the world in the 21st century.”
- USAID FY18 Budget Request Fact Sheet This version focuses on the full portion of the cup.
- Guiding Principles for Effective U.S. Assistance (MFAN) Some guiding principles to be considered in thinking about the forthcoming reorganization plan for U.S. foreign assistance.
- USAID Exploring Food Aid, Disaster Assistance Merger for Trump Reorganization (Devex) – USAID is exploring a merger of its disaster assistance and food assistance offices. This would be done as part of the Agency’s contribution to the restructuring plan the Trump administration is requiring federal agencies to submit by June 30.
- George W Bush’s man in Africa handed tough challenge by Donald Trump (The Guardian) – Donald Trump has achieved what could be seen as a first under his presidency: choosing someone to lead a government agency who has met with bipartisan approval.
- To ‘Protect Life’, State Department Rolls Out Women’s Health Policy Critics Call a ‘Death Warrant’ (Foreign Policy) – The “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy places new restrictions not just on funds that go to family planning assistance, but also money that supports malaria eradication, maternal and child health, and AIDS prevention and treatment.amounts to a heavy dose of comfort that comes with a familiar name and a clear and sound track record as a development policymaker.
- A Sound Choice for USAID Administrator (CGD) – The nomination of Mark Green amounts to a heavy dose of comfort that comes with a familiar name and a clear and sound track record as a development policymaker.
- Foreign Aid Advocates and Fiscal Hawks All Like Trump’s Nominee to Head USAID (Washington Post) – Mark A. Green serves as a rebuttal to the hyper-partisanship of Washington. From across the ideological spectrum came effusive praise for the Trump administration’s nominee (see the official announcement).
- A Growing Share of Aid is Spent by Private Firms, Not Charities (Economist) – Nearly a quarter of USAID spending in 2016 went to for-profit firms, a share that was two-thirds higher than in 2008.
- A Guide for Secretary Tillerson: Let State Focus on Diplomacy, USAID Be Accountable for Assistance (Brookings) – Thoughts from George Ingram. Where development is paramount, development needs to be in the driver’s seat. Where foreign policy imperatives are overriding, diplomacy is the driver and USAID should have a voice on targeting and implementation.
- The Future of US Aid (Devex) – This page contains many interesting articles assessing the impact of anticipated cuts and policy shifts.
- What Trump’s Foreign-Aid Budget Means to the Rest of the World (The Atlantic) – The proposed 31% cut affects the U.S. bilateral foreign aid, funding for the UN, World Bank, and other international institutions; and State’s diplomatic duties. US friends and allies in the developing world now have tangible evidence of what they had feared since Trump’s election: the withdrawal of the US from active world international leadership.
- U.S. Foreign Aid: A Waste of Money or a Boost to World Stability? (LA Times) – It has long been a divisive issue: how much money the United States gives to foreign nations in aid, what kind of effect development assistance actually has on recipient nations, and whether America should be involved in the aid-giving business at all.
- Expected USAID Pick Ex-GOP Rep Mark Green Lost in the Trump Jungle (Diplopundit) – Former GOP Rep. Mark Green is the Trump administration’s expected pick to lead the USAID, but has struggled to close a deal with the Trump administration.
- Trump Administration Plans StateDept-USAID Merger and Deep Program Cuts (Diplopundit) – Senior USAID officials have told staff that the agency is attempting to cope with the steep cuts by prioritizing its field offices abroad over its offices in Washington. Nonetheless, the agency still anticipates that the budget proposal will necessitate eliminating 30 to 35 of its field missions.
- Foreign Aid Reform: Opportunity or Threat? (lobelog.com) – 4 of 4 from Ohlbaum. By proposing to eliminate USAID, reorganize and downgrade State, and institute draconian cuts to diplomacy and development, Trump is in effect rejecting the concept of “soft power,” leaving it to the military to promote and defend U.S. national interests abroad.
- Disparaging Diplomacy (lobelog.com) – 3 of 4 from Ohlbaum. The Trump administration’s steady stream of assaults on diplomacy has become a raging river. Decisions on reorganization and staffing have been made before a review has been completed.
- Dismantling USAID (lobelog.com) – 2 of 4 from Ohlbaum. Attempts to do away with USAID are not new, nor limited to Republican administrations. However, consolidation of USAID into State is, and always has been, a power play, not a cost-cutting measure. It’s not about making aid more efficient or effective. It’s about making aid more political.
- US Diplomacy and Development Aid: Death by a Thousand Cuts (lobelog.com) – In this first of four articles, alumna Diana Ohlbaum assesses the implications of the draft Trump FY 18 budget.
- The End of Foreign Aid as We Know It (Foreign Policy) – Trump budget would gut development assistance and fold USAID into State.
- Sub-Saharan Africa: Key Issues, Challenges, and U.S. Responses (Congressional Research Service) – To date, regarding Africa, Administration policy in general and aid policy in particular are uncertain. This item reviews the facts and factors that would help inform such decisions.
These are links of general interest to folks involved in the development “arts. If you have links you would like to submit, please send them here. Over time, this list of articles has grown. To keep this page at a manageable size, older articles have been removed. To see and access the full list of articles, please click here.
- New! Rule of Law Index (World Justice Institute) – The Index’s scores are built from the assessments of local residents and legal experts, reflecting the conditions experienced by the population, including marginalized sectors of society.
- The World Poverty Clock – The World Poverty Clock provides real-time poverty estimates until 2030 for almost every country in the world. It monitors progress toward eliminating Extreme Poverty, the first of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals.
- Infographic on Attacks on AID Workers (Dept. of State) – Maps, tables and graphs clearly demonstrate elevated risk levels.
- The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index 167 countries scored on a scale of 0 to 10 based on 60 indicators. The US slips to the category of “flawed democracy.”
- January 2017 Update! Transparency International Corruption Perception Index – Transparency International is a non-governmental organization dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption. The Corruption Perception Index scores the perceptions of business people.
- December 2016 – USAID Impact Newsletter: The latest edition covers a variety of topics.
- January/February 2017 Front Lines – This link will take you to the most recent edition.
- Update Fragile States Index (Fund for Peace) – This index uses 12 social, economic, political, and military indicators and ranks 60 states in order of their vulnerability to violent internal conflict.
- USAID Map – Find a country and click on its USAID stories and results.
- NGO Aid Map This an InterAction initiative that provides detailed information on members’ work around the world through a web-based mapping platform.
- The Good Country Index – This is an index that measures what each country contributes to the common good of humanity and to the planet.
- OneVote16.org asked each candidate to go “on the record” with a video statement to say what they’d do to fight extreme poverty, if elected. There are short videos for each of the candidates that have responded.
- The new USAID International Data & Economic Analysis website (IDEA) is the Agency’s comprehensive source of economic and social data and analysis.
- Mindless Foreign Aid is a new development blog by Tom Dichter. It addresses how foreign aid for development has become mindless. Dichter has nearly 50 years of experience promoting development in over sixty developing countries on four continents.
- Telling USAID’s Story – This is a new web page put together by LPA, the Agency’s public affairs office.
- Foreign Service Oral Histories (Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training) – Included are more than 1900 searchable oral histories completed over the past thirty years by individuals from USAID, State, USDA and Labor.
- Development Talk – A World Bank Blog – Interesting reading hosted by the Bank’s Chief Economist.
- The Foreign Assistance Dashboard – The goal of the Dashboard is to enable a wide variety of stakeholders to examine, research, and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. As it evolves, the Dashboard will incorporate budget, financial, program, and performance data from all U.S. Government agencies implementing foreign assistance, humanitarian, and development funds.
If you have articles and/or links you would like to share with the rest of us, please send your suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Attn: Development Issues.
Suggestion Box – Your Ideas for UAA
Some of you may have noticed the many changes that have been made to this, the UAA website. The objective is to provide a site that members will find useful and interesting – a place you will want to return to on a regular basis.
We would greatly appreciate your feedback and ideas about usaidalumni.org. We also would like to have any news, articles or anything else you would like to share with your fellow alumni. Please send them to us at: email@example.com Attn: Website.