New! – Monday, April 24, 10:00-Noon UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue, – “Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iwaela in Conversation with Ambassador Princeton Lyman” Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Finance and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, longtime World Bank manager and named “one of the 50 greatest world leaders” by Fortune Magazine, will explore African and global development issues with UAA member and distinguished career Ambassador Princeton Lyman.
Friday May 12, 2017 – Noon The UAA Economic Growth & Institutional Development book group will hold its next meeting on Thomas Friedman’s book “Thank You for Being Late”. The leading discussant will be Jim Fox. 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.
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. See below for details. Respond today!!
New! – Wednesday, June 21, 12 noon – 2 pm UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue and DACOR’s Newberry Cultural Series co-host Ms. Marina Djabbarzade, World Bank Consultant on cultural heritage projects, will speak on “Harnessing Cultural Resources for Socio-Economic Development”.
Saturday, July 22, 2017 – Fifth Annual UAA Summer Picnic will be held again this year at Fort Hunt in Alexandria, Virginia.
UAA Annual Spring Reception
Sunday, May 21, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Residence of Alex and Pat Shakow
4001 Dresden St. – Chevy Chase View
Kensington, Maryland 20895
Alex and Pat Shakow are again hosting the annual Spring Reception. We hope you will join us for this special social occasion. We are hoping for good weather so that we can enjoy getting together indoors and, weather permitting, outside in a lovely garden setting. This event is free of charge to Alumni and their spouse or partner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Deane Hinton, Frank Kimball, Yvonne Thomas, Fred Bieganski, Jerry Lipson, Robbin Burkhart, Helen Ide, Bill Miner, Bob Aten, Jerry Knoll. and Jerry Jordan. 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! 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.
– 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! 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.
- New! The Case for Keeping USAID and the State Department Separate (U.S. Global Leadership Coalition) – Bringing USAID directly under the control of State not only would risk jeopardizing the long-term strategic arm of America’s national security toolkit but would likely make U.S. development assistance less, rather than more, effective.
- New! A Primer on U.S. Foreign Aid (Council on Foreign Relations) – What it is, why it is, and how much it costs.
- New! Number of Women Leaders Around the World Has Grown, But They’re Still a Small Group (Pew Research) – Most of the world’s nations never have had a female leader.
- New! Nervous State Department Workers Prepare for Major Restructuring (Politico) – Career staff are reading budget documents and a Heritage Foundation report to figure out where the biggest cuts are coming.
- New! The Damage Already Done to the Foreign Assistance Budget (CGD) – The White House has decided to politicize foreign assistance in a way that we have not seen for over 30 years.
- New! MFAN in Defense of Foreign Aid (MFAN) – A broad range of evidence and thought regarding aid effectiveness.
- New! The War on Poverty: Fewer, But Still With Us (The Economist) – The world has made amazing progress in eradicating extreme poverty. The going will be much harder from now on.
- New! Trump Seeks Further Funding Cuts From State Dept/USAID, This Time From 2017 Budget (Diplopundit) – In next month’s Continuing Resolution, the Trump Administration is seeking cuts from the FY2017 budget. The “savings” from the proposed cuts in the current fiscal year will reportedly also go to DOD for additional military spending, and to help build that wall.*
- New! Trump’s America First Budget Puts Africa Last (Foreign Policy) – Sub-Saharan Africa is grappling with record levels of displacement and hunger due to conflict and drought, but President Donald Trump is proposing “deep cuts to foreign aid” that would hit this continent the hardest.
- New! Results Measurement and the Case for Aid (CGD) – At a moment when the case for maintaining aid budgets is being fundamentally questioned, we might do well to ponder how we measure and communicate results. Broad audiences don’t know about unprecedented progress in poverty reduction and human development in recent decades.
- 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.
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! 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: 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.