Friday, March 31, 2017 – Noon The UAA Economic Growth & Institutional Development book group will hold its next meeting on the topic of the economics of fragile states. The leading discussant will be Mike Crosswell. The session will be held at the Circle Bistro Restaurant Washington Circle N.W. To reserve a space, please contact Juan Buttari at email@example.com.
New! Monday, April 24, 10:00-Noon Join us for a UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue, – “A Conversation with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala”, formerly Nigeria’s Finance Minister and Foreign Minister, currently Chairman of the GAVI Board and named “one of the 50 greatest world leaders” by Fortune Magazine.
Sunday, May 21 5-7 pm – UAA Spring Reception will take place at the home of Alex and Pat Shakow who have graciously agreed to host again this year.
Saturday, July 22, 2017 – Fifth Annual UAA Summer Picnic will be held again this year at Fort Hunt in Alexandria, Virginia.
The weather was balmy enough on February 11 to entice a group of almost 80 Alumni and guests to attend the third Winterfest at the home of Dave Eckerson and Connie Hansen. We appreciated the gracious hospitality with a wonderful assortment of finger foods and a specially selected tasting of wines and beers. We would like to continue this UAA tradition and seek a venue for next year. If you are able to offer your residence, with costs reimbursed by the UAA, please contact Nancy Tumavick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amendment to the UAA Bylaws
New! 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.
2016 UAA Membership Survey
The USAID Alumni Association sent an email to all 905 registered members in its member database in late January 2016 with links to the Annual Membership Survey. There were responses from 94 members, a 10.3% response rate.
Questions focused on the UAA newsletter; UAA website; UAA 2015 events; opportunities outside the DC area; public speaking on international development; interest in participation in UAA activities related to our goals; and other ideas for UAA activities. This report is organized according to these categories.
Overall, the tenor of comments was positive and constructive, reflecting a high level of participation by those who are engaged with the organization.
To see the final survey report, click here.
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.
New! On March 10, Frank Vogl, co-founder and a leader of the pioneering anti-corruption organization Transparency International, assessed the interwoven Challenges of Corruption, Foreign Aid and Security. He strongly encouraged the large audience at DACOR to join the fight against corruption and its devastating impact on development progress and human rights. Hear the audio or see the video of his talk and the Q&As and/or read the text.
New! At a UAA Development Dialogue at DACOR on February 10, five-time USAID Mission Director and Ambassador Jonathan Addleton described in very moving terms the story of his period as the Senior Civilian Representative for Southern Afghanistan in Kandahar. He has compiled these experiences in his latest book The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan (six of his books are in the USAID Authors Bibliography). Hear the audio of his talk and the Q&As.
In a Development Dialogue at DACOR on January 25, 2017, Ishrat Husain, formerly Pakistan’s Central Bank Governor, made a masterful presentation describing how and why governance weaknesses lie at the root of his country’s economic malaise. Hear the audio of his talk and the extensive Q and A session that followed here.
UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Yvonne Thomas, Fred Bieganski, Jerry Lipson, Robbin Burkhart, Helen Ide, Bill Miner, Bob Aten, Jerry Knoll. Jerry Jordan, Mike McLindon, Marvin Weissman, Mitzi Likar, and Gary Mansavage. 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! USAID/CS3 announces the release of a solicitation for intermittent, overseas USPSCs for Executive Officer (Multiple Positions), SOL-CS3-17-000002. For the full announcement, click here. For more information about working with the DCHA/CS3 and the USAID Firehouse, visit https://www.usaid.gov/cs3jobs/about. Any questions about this announcement can be directed to CS3recruitment@usaid.gov. 4/5
New! 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
New! The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is seeking a qualified USAID expert consultant to support and guide AUAF with its interactions with USAID and its mission in Kabul. The consultant will assist and guide the University in the interpretation of USAID requirements, the preparation of communications with USAID, and the formulation of official documents among other duties. The incumbent must have the willingness to travel to Afghanistan, although much work can be done from the United States or from consultant’s residence. A minimum 10 years of senior level responsibilities with USAID or USAID funded programs is required. For further details about the position please email David Sedney at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or see https://www.auaf.edu.af/media/1687/consultant-january-2017.pdf. 6/15
New! 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 email@example.com, 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.
Update! USAID’s Firehouse, managed by DCHA/CS3, is seeking applicants with a broad range of international development expertise and experience in USAID processes and mechanisms. Firehouse members are available to Missions upon request for 2 to 10 months to support management of field staff, provide technical expertise, temporarily fill newly created positions, or fill vital vacant positions All Firehouse staff are intermittent, senior USPSCs who have security and medical clearances and USAID badges and email addresses. Currently, the Firehouse includes Senior Development Advisors, Contracting and Agreement, Executive Officers, Democracy and Governance, General Development, Health, Program, and Strategic Communications Officers. Even if there are no open vacancies, DCHA/CS3 encourages you to join their listserv so you’re aware of future opportunities. To sign up for CS3’s listserve and receive notifications of job postings, email CS3recruitment@usaid.gov . For more information about CS3 and the Firehouse, visit the USAID webpage or email CS3info@usaid.gov.
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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! USAID Should Further U.S. Interests, Not ‘Safe Spaces’ (Wall St. Journal) – During the Obama years, USAID was prominent in sectors like LGBTI rights, abortion and “social justice”—promoting agendas that were neither supported by segments of the U.S. population nor of clear benefit to American national interests. It now will need to reassess all existing programs to determine which ones are actually advancing U.S. interests.
- New! Aid to Fragile States: The Central African Conundrum (The Economist) – Providing foreign aid to chaotic countries is both necessary and hazardous. It can be done better.
- New! Primer on USAID (CGD) – What the Agency does and how it does it.
- New! Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance Will Reverse
Decade-Long Bipartisan Reform Effort (MFAN) – The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network is gravely concerned over the proposed 31% cut from FY17 levels to the International Affairs Budget, and urges Congress to reject such a draconian approach to programs that are central to U.S. interests.
- New! AFSA Draws on UAA AGM Conversation With Past Administrators (Foreign Service Journal) – Wisdom on what the Trump administration should understand as it moves forward on implementing the USG foreign assistance program.
- New! “The Secretary” Writes FY18 Budget Love Letter to Foggy Bottom (Diplopundit) – T-Rex’s diplomatic nudge appears to result in a 36% funding reduction instead of the first reported 37% funding cut.
- New! Cuts to the 150 Account: Searching for a Constructive Path Forward in Foreign Aid (CGD) – Any major budget cutting should be informed by a review of US assistance agencies and programs—designed to provide an evidence-based assessment for cuts. One area where smart cuts could be found big programs that were put forward more for diplomatic than development reasons and have failed to achieve development outcomes.
- New! Bill Gates Is Right, USAID Is Not Just Foreign Aid, It Aids the U.S. (Fortune) – The term foreign aid is inaccurate and may be misleading. It suggests that what USAID does is all charity work. Nothing could be further from the truth.
- New! Soft Power and the New Administration (CSIS) – Thoughts from Andrew Natsios. The US is facing the greatest threats since the Post-WWII era, and now needs its aid programs more than at any time since their inception. While some types of threats can be stopped at our borders or with military force, most cannot. That is where our development and disaster assistance programs come in.
- New! Trump’s Siege on International Development (Center for American Progress) – The U.S. commitment to development may be facing an extinction-level event through a combination of draconian policies, shattering budget cuts, and the potential for the president to use aid as his own “walking-around fund.”
- New! Draconian Cuts to Diplomacy and Development: Unilateral Disarmament or Head Fake? (Brookings) – George Ingram observes that, despite being a modest 1 percent of all federal spending, U.S. foreign aid has contributed to historic successes over the past two decades. The president should champion these accomplishments, rather than vilify the programs that support such efforts.
- New! Fear and Loathing in Foggy Bottom (Washington Monthly) – Changes at State are not really a purge, but perhaps a house cleaning in the administrative side of the house. Still, morale is low and anxiety is high.
- New! Throwing More Money at the Military Won’t Make It Stronger (Washington Post) – Fareed Zakaria observes that more than just enhancing the military, long-term success in achieving security goals requires economic development, institution-building.
- New! Trump’s ‘Disastrous’ Proposal to Cut Foreign Aid (Atlantic Council) – Republican official says defense spending should not come at the cost of foreign assistance.
- New! Why Cutting Foreign Aid Makes America Weaker (Overseas Development Institute) Alex Thier, former Assistant to the Administrator, provides a strategic assessment of the humanitarian and policy benefits that result from USG investments in foreign aid.
- New! Trump’s Plan to Slash Foreign Aid Comes as Famine Threat is Surging (Washington Post) – Trump has proposed large cuts to foreign aid at a time of acute need across Africa and the Middle East.
- New! US Foreign Aid Expected To Be Biggest Casualty of Trump’s first Budget (The Guardian) – US spending on overseas aid is expected to bear the brunt of dramatic cuts as part of Trump’s plan to increase defense spending by $54bn in his upcoming budget.
- New! With @StateDept Facing a 30% Funding Cut, 121 Generals Urge Congress to Fully Fund Diplomacy and Foreign Aid (Diplopundit) – The generals say that State, USAID, MCC, Peace Corps are critical to preventing conflict and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.
- New! ‘America First’ Shouldn’t Mean Cutting Foreign Aid (Washington Post) – OpEd thoughts from Raj Shah and Michael Gerson. There are real national security consequences of poverty, instability and poor governance around the world. But gains in hope, health and stability reduce these threats and better protect Americans.
- New! Will Trump Keep ‘America First’ With USAID Pick? (Politico) – Trump’s pledge to put “America first” could spell bad news for USAID. But the two people believed to be the leading candidates to head it are at least giving the global do-gooder community some hope.
- New! Trump Seems to Support Bush’s AIDS Program for Now (The Atlantic) – But will it be hobbled by his other policies?
- New! Warren Buffet’s Best Investment – An exchange of letters with Bill Gates re. the impact of his contribution to fight disease and reduce inequity.
- New! Letter to President Trump Prioritizing Girls and Women (Plan International) –The letter focuses on the importance of maintaining progress for women and girls in the US and around the world. A total of 112 organizations have signed-on.
- New! ONE Campaign Announces Gayle Smith as CEO (Devex) The ONE Campaign, the poverty-fighting advocacy organization co-founded by philanthropist and U2 frontman Bono, on Tuesday said Gayle Smith, the former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will be its next president and CEO.
- The Trump Administration Threatens to Imperil Women’s Health Worldwide (Washington Post Editorial) – Over the next four years, Trump’s enhanced Mexico City policy could result in 6.5 million unintended pregnancies, 2.2 million abortions and 21,700 maternal deaths.
- Trump Immigration Order Could Harm USAID’s Ability to Carry Out Crucial Work (Devex) –There are fears of significant operational fallout, as crucial interpreters, trainers and operational staffers reconsider the attendant risks of working for U.S. embassies, aid agencies and the military.
- National Security Council Memorandum Includes Role for USAID (Devex) – A presidential memorandum signed President Donald Trump may shed some light on what role development is likely to play in his administration. The USAID Administrator is listed as a permanent member of the Deputies Committee.
- Recurring Storms (CSIS) – This paper authored by alumna Emmy Simmons posits that climate and demographic change will continue to have a devastating impact on global agriculture. The risk of resulting food insecurity and population movement portend conflict and disruption in the future.
- How Do You Know If Aid Really Works? (NPR) – Since the early 2000s, a growing movement of social science researchers have been pushing policy-makers to do “impact evaluations” of their programs.
- Trump Revives Ban on Foreign Aid to Groups That Give Abortion Counseling (NY Times)– President Trump signed a memorandum freezing federal funding to health providers abroad who discuss abortion as a family-planning option.
- Wade Warren Appointed Acting USAID Chief (Devex) – Administrator Gayle Smith informed employees Wednesday that Wade Warren, who leads the Agency’s policy bureau, will take over as acting administrator at noon on Jan. 20.
- Agency Interim Leadership as of Noon January 20
- Developing the Next Generation of Followers at USAID (Foreign Service Journal) – This thoughtful article by alumnus Jose Garzon focuses on the need to better understand followership—not just because it essentially complements leadership, but for its own specific qualities.
- Reconciling Interagency Priorities Remains a Top Management Challenge (Diplopundit) – Contingency operations and other efforts require coordination with multiple U.S. Government agencies. Yet USAID’s development priorities do not always align with other agencies’ priorities
- New Feds Could be Fired for ‘No Cause At All’ by Trump Under Planned Legislation (Washington Post) – Under the proposed bill, an employee may be removed or suspended, without notice or right to appeal, from service by the head of the agency at which such employee is employed for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all.
- Rex Tillerson Outlines US Aid Vision (Devex) – Tillerson offered general support for furthering U.S. foreign aid and its development agenda as Secretary of State, but expressed reservations on various hot-button topics, such as climate change and women’s health.
- Foreign Assistance: Time to Sharpen a Vital Diplomatic Tool (Foreign Service Journal) – Eight recommendations to rationalize U.S. foreign assistance and, thus, greatly increase its effectiveness.
- Grumbles Grow Over Britain’s Generous Foreign Aid Budget (The Economist) – The UK is one of just six countries to meet the UN’s target of spending 0.7% of GDP on international assistance. Yet, although the leaders of all Britain’s main political parties support this generosity, grumbles that the money should stay at home are growing louder.
- State Dept Apologizes For Past Discrimination Against LGBTI Employees/Applicants (Washington Post) – Secretary of State John Kerry apologized for past discrimination against gay and lesbian people at the State Department, an unusual acknowledgment that members of the diplomatic corps were hounded out for their sexual orientation.
- The Economist Crony Capitalism Index (The Economist) – An index designed to test whether the world is experiencing a new era of “robber barons.”
- USAID Innovation: Putting the Best Foot Forward to Fight Zika (Foreign Policy) – A $15 million investment in innovations to fight the virus produced a sandal that effectively stops the mosquito bites that cause infection.
- House GOP Brings Back Holman Rule to “Retrench” Agency Spending, Slash Pay of Any Federal Employee (Diplopundit) – House Republicans reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker — down to a $1 — a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service.
- In exit memo to Obama, USAID chief points to ‘hard work ahead’ (Devex) – In a cabinet exit memo delivered to President Obama, outgoing USAID Administrator Gayle Smith pointed to eight years of progress but warned advancing U.S. global development efforts will require “hard work ahead.”
- Rockefeller Foundation Picks Rajiv J. Shah, a Trustee, as President (New York Times) – The appointment will make Shah one of the most powerful forces in charitable giving, overseeing a foundation that donates roughly $200 million each year.
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.
- 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: email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Website.