New! Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 11:00 to 12:30 – The former US Ambassador to Nigeria and to the Congo Robin Renee Sanders will speak at DACOR about her new book The Rise of African Enterprises: Spurring Development and Growing the Middle Class. This program is co-sponsored by the UAA and the DACOR Critical Policy Issues Forum.
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)”.
Friday, November 3, 2017 – 8:30-4pm UAA Annual General Meeting at Center for Global Development, 2055 L St NW, 5th floor.
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”.
New! Monday, February 12, 2018 – 10:00 to Noon – UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue – John Mellor, former USAID Chief Economist, Director-General of IFPRI and Emeritus Professor at Cornell, will speak on key themes from his forthcoming book Agricultural Development and Economic Transformation: Promoting Growth with Poverty Reduction.
2017 UAA Annual General Meeting
The 2017 UAA Annual General Meeting will be held on November 3 at the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington, DC (see map)
The theme of this year’s meeting is: “USAID Partnerships.” The program will feature panels on commercial private sector and university partnerships.
The first panel will focus on “USAID Partnerships with the Private Sector.” It will be moderated by Jim Michel, senior advisor, CSIS; with John Sanbrailo, Former Director, PADF; and Sean Jones, Senior DAA, USAID Bureau for Food Security.
The second session will focus on “USAID University Partnerships.” It will be moderated by Montague Demment, APLU, with panelists Gebisa Ejeta, Professor, Purdue University; Dennis Carroll, Director of the USAID Avian Influenza and other Emerging Threats Unit; and Ticora Jones, Acting Director, Center for Development Research and Division Chief, Higher Education Solutions Network, Global Development Lab, USAID.
Afternoon sessions will include announcement of alumni awards, comments by USAID Administrator Mark Green (invited), and a panel on “Reforming USAID,” a discussion among opinion makers from the Administration, the Hill and civil society, moderated by Scott Morris, Senior Fellow, Director of the US Development Policy Initiative, CGD.
Please click here to register for the AGM if you have not done so already.
2017 UAA Board Election
A seven-member Board of Directors governs the affairs of the UAA. Each position on the Board is filled by election from among the UAA membership for two-year terms. Incumbents may serve for up to two consecutive terms.
UAA members who have made a membership contribution for 2017 are eligible to vote. Elections are conducted electronically beginning six weeks before the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which this year is scheduled for Friday, November 3, 2017. All voting will be on-line; there will be no paper ballots at the actual AGM. Results will be announced at the conclusion of the AGM.
To find out more about the election process and the candidates – and to vote, click here.
Call for Mentor Volunteers
New! It is time to initiate recruitment of mentors for the 7th Cohort of the USAID/UAA Mentoring Program that will commence in December. The program, which has been operational for six years, matches interested field-based officers with alumni mentors. From the outset of this activity, the Agency saw and capitalized on the opportunity to tap the collective experience and wisdom of the USAID Alumni Association.
The prime purpose of the program is to provide overseas USAID FSOs with professional and career guidance. UAA’s interest in supporting the program is to help the Agency build and retain a solid officer corps, one that is essential to the achievement of its goals and objectives now and in the future.
Successes to date correlate directly with a strong commitment to keep the program demand driven, having at its core the needs, objectives and specific requests of our mentees. At the outset of their participation in the Mentoring Program, mentors and mentees will receive orientation training. In general, mentors and mentees speak weekly (usually via Skype or phone). Alumni who have already served as mentors have found the experience both gratifying and a meaningful way to continue to connect to the important work USAID has always done.
The continued success of this program depends on the continued high quality participation of USAID alumni mentors. Please indicate your interest in being involved by responding to us by October13. Forward your expression of interest by clicking here.
USAID HISTORY PROJECT UNDERWAY! ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDED!
Update! Many months ago, we sought pledges from UAA members to finance the writing and publication of an independent and objective history of USAID. About 140 people generously pledged $180,000, and we have now asked them to fulfill their pledge by September 30, 2017. While short of our original goal, we decided we could not delay any longer, especially given the current threats to USAID’s very existence. But even as we move forward with the project, we need your help to expand the list of contributors and increase total donations.
We urge many more of our fellow USAID alumni to join the effort and make a tax-deductible contribution now. Please send your check payable to the “UAA/USAID History Project” as soon as possible. Contributions should be mailed to the UAA/USAID History Project, c/o DACOR, 4th Floor, 1801 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. You will receive a grateful acknowledgment from the UAA and a receipt for tax purposes. Unless you specify otherwise, your name will be listed among contributors in our Newsletter and on the UAA website (www.usaidalumni.org).
We are very pleased that John Norris has agreed to author the book. John is an experienced development professional who has held senior positions in government and non-government organizations and is a successful published author. Although John will continue at the Center for American Progress, the UAA will contract with him directly, and he will also become a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development. A UAA Advisory Group will assist the author. To read more about the project, click here.
Please donate as much as you can to help us record the critical place of USAID in global development. If you have any questions, please write Alex Shakow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carol Peasley (email@example.com).
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 2017-19 Strategic Plan
Strategic Goals and Implementation Plan: The UAA Board approved an updated Statement of UAA Strategic Goals and Implementation Plan for 2017-2019. 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
August Update of USAID Bibliography of USAID Authors: A number of new (and older) books have come to our attention and have been added to the Bibliography, bringing to 218 the total entries thus far. Of particular interest is Barry Riley’s new “The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence”, described by one reviewer as ““without doubt the most comprehensive history of US food assistance ever written”, which explores the influences of humanitarian, domestic agricultural policy, foreign policy, and national security goals that have created the uneasy relationship between benevolent instincts and the realpolitik of national interests.
Other new entries include Larry Heilman’s USAID in Bolivia: Partner or Patron, Terry Myer’s chapter on USAID in The National Security Enterprise, Lu Rudel’s Memoirs of an Agent of Change, the Struggle for Iraq by Thomas Renahan and several others (all identified by baby blue ink).
Please send info on any additional USAID-authored books that you identify to John Pielemeier at Jpielemeie@aol.com.
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 September 18, David Steinberg, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University and USAID Alumnus, offered an engrossing account (drawing on his long and deep experience in both countries) of “How Myanmar and South Korea Upended Early Development Expectations.” Listen to it here.
UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Tony Funicello, Bernice Goldstein, Lee Knutson, Patricio Maldonado, Janet Ballantyne, Wes Tribble, Jerry Weaver, John Cole Cool, Sidney Schmukler, and Gary Bisson. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, Attn: Jobs/Volunteers.
Below are the most recent postings:
New! QED Group is seeking an experienced Business Development Manager to work across the full life cycle of business development including opportunity identification, capture, and bid management. S/he will have primary responsibility for delivery of compliant and high competitive submissions to a variety of donors. For more information, click here. 10/20
New! QED Group is seeking a Senior Program Specialist to work on the USAID/Uganda Transition Management project. This project requires support in adapting its business processes and practices and its organizational structure to strengthen its performance. A two-phased effort is anticipated: Phase I: The Contractor will conduct an assessment and prepare a Transition Management Road Map with milestones to guide the Mission toward the procedural and organizational modifications. Phase II: The milestones indicated in the Road Map will be reached. Contractor participation in Phase II will be subject to satisfactory performance in Phase I and submission of a proposal acceptable to USAID. For more information, click here. 10/20
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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! Barack Obama on How To Convince a Nation that Development Is a Bargain (Devex) – Obama called for public education that tells a good story and pointed out that aid is “actually a bargain” — and that it is intrinsically linked with security: “If you’ve got failed states, then generally some of that is going to spill over on us…”
- New! Meeting the North Korean Nuclear Challenge (National Security Forum) – Co-authored by alumnus Ted Morse, this article explores a very different policy and action approach to North Korea’s nuclear capability.
- New! Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service (Diplopundit) – This book, now in its third edition, offers an insider’s guide to the Foreign Service as an institution, a profession, and a career. It provides an up-to-date, authoritative, and candid account of the life and work of professional US diplomats.
- New! Despite Proposed Budget Cuts, Officials Say the U.S. Is Committed to Humanitarian Aid (Washington Post) – There are six disaster assistance response team currently dispatched by USAID to countries struck by disasters, both natural and man-made. “America is and will remain the world’s leading humanitarian donor,” said Mark Green, the head of USAID.
- New! Loving USAID to Death (Lobelog) – For those who recall the relentless attacks on the U USAID throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the recent outpouring of support for the institution and its mission is simply stunning. Another insightful analytical piece from alumna Diana Ohlbaum.
- New! As the Death Toll Climbs in Sudan, Officials Shy Away From the ‘Cholera’ Label (Washington Post) – State and USAID are related agencies, but there is an odd disconnect in how they have described a looming public health emergency in the African country of Sudan. A report from the Post’s Fact Checker.
- New! World Hunger Worsens As War, Climate Shocks Hit Food Access (Washington Post) – The number of people suffering from hunger last year rose at the fastest pace since at least the beginning of this century, as conflicts and climate-related issues curbed access to food.
- New! Top consensus points for State and USAID (Global Leadership Coalition) – This “Report on Reports” is a comprehensive analysis of over 60 reports from top think tanks and national security experts on tackling the key issues facing the State Department, USAID, and beyond.
- New! State Department Reform Report (Atlantic Council) – This report recommends reform of the State Dept. to restore its historical mission of leading the development and execution of US foreign policy. It encourages that USAID’s standalone status be maintained. For a Washington Post overview of the report, click here.
- New! United States to Give Ethiopia $91 Million in Drought Aid for Food and Medicine (Washington Post) – As the country experiences its third straight year of drought, this extra funding will bring U.S. aid for food and medical care in Ethiopia to $454 million this year.
- New! Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2018 State & Foreign Ops Appropriations Bill (Diplopundit) – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs announced that it approved a $51.35 billion appropriations bill that is $10.7 billion above the President’s request, but it is $1.9 billion below fiscal year 2017. Re. any State Department reorganization/redesign, the bill provides for notifications and consultations with the subcommittee on proposed changes.
- USAID Administrator Green Visits Darfur (Washington Post) – U.S. considers lifting sanctions on Sudan.*
- House Dem Warns Guatemala’s Foreign Aid in Peril (The Hill) – Guatemala’s President has ordered the head of the U.N. anti-corruption commission out of the country. The US Congress threatens an impact on continued aid.
- 13 Recommendations for Reforming America’s Foreign Aid (The Hill) – The Heritage Foundation will soon publish a detailed report with extensive analysis of the current dysfunctional state of U.S. government foreign assistance programs. This article highlights the report’s 13 recommendations to reform U.S. foreign aid.
- U.S. holds up military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns (Washington Post) – $195 million in military aid for Egypt has been withheld and almost $96 million in other aid for the impoverished country has been completely withdrawn as a sign of displeasure over human rights concerns and a new law placing strict restrictions on aid groups working in the country.
- Dear Administrator Green: A Five-Step Vision for the Future of USAID (The Hill) – Here are five recommendations for the new A/AID as he faces challenges both internally and from an increasingly violent world.
- Foreign Aid Experts seething after Key State, USAID Meeting (Foreign Policy) – A recent meeting between U.S. officials and NGO leaders to discuss the future of foreign assistance quickly devolved into disarray.
- Former Diplomats Warn Against Merger of State Department and USAID Crisis Roles (Washington Post) – A bipartisan group of former diplomats and other officials warned against a merger of the roles of State and USAID. “Consolidation of the functions of either agency into the other would be a significant error,” the report advises. “Each has functions that are inherent in its organizational mission.”
- A History of American Public Opinion on Foreign Aid (Devex) – A sitting U.S. president has calculated that there would be no significant political fallout to gutting America’s aid programs. A John Norris look at the history of public opinion toward foreign assistance helps explain why and is essential in helping the community come to grips with where it now finds itself.
- Bush removed it. Obama reinstalled it. Will a plaque honoring Hillary Clinton stay in place under Trump? (Washington Post) The 800 lb. Plaque in the USAID lobby has a rather convoluted history, with an on-again, off-again presence in the Ronald Reagan Building.
- Some Re-Design Concerns (Diplopundit) – Read-out from a town hall with the Deputy SecState, which includes a substantial portion on the (im)probability of a State/USAID merger.
- Rex Tillerson Is a Huge Disappointment (Washington Post) – If Cabinet members are to be judged by the gap between expectation and performance, Rex Tillerson is among the worst. Op ed piece by Michael Gerson.
- The Vital Role of International Development Organizations (politicsay.com) – International development’s relevance in the world has never been more apparent. Development groups and organizations are important supporters of diplomacy throughout the world.
- And the Foreign Affairs Reorganization Fight Is On! (LobeLog) – More analysis from Diana Ohlbaum: Buffeted by a double whammy of restructuring proposals—one from the White House recommending a transfer of the State’s Population, Refugees, and Migration Bureau (PRM) to the Department of Homeland Security, another from development experts recommending a merger of PRM’s programs into USAID—the heavyweights are striking back.
- A Bevy of Good Ideas on Foreign Aid Reform….If Anyone’s Listening (LobeLog) – Reorg analysis from alum Diana Ohlbaum: There are lots of difficult problems with no good solutions. Foreign aid isn’t one of them. For starters, the system works, even if it’s not particularly efficient, or popular with the public. It can be enhanced with small tweaks if a wholesale make-over proves unrealizable.
- A Foreign Assistance Philosophy for an Era of Limited Resources (Washington Post) – A profile of USAID Administrator Mark Green.
- Mark Green Takes Office as the USAID Administrator: Here he highlights his vision for USAID in a welcome video. Also, learn more about the experiences that have shaped his perspectives on US foreign assistance in the 7 Facts You Might Not Know About USAID’s New Administrator blog.
- Where is the Opening for Aid Reform? (Lobelog) – USAID alumna Diana Ohlbaum reviews a recent CSIS think piece on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance.*
- The Politics of Foreign Aid (Brookings) – Many voices in US society who understand the stakes of America’s global leadership and the value of foreign assistance are speaking up—educating, engaging, and mobilizing.
- How the Trump Administration Broke the State Department (Foreign Policy) – Morale has hit rock bottom at Foggy Bottom, as Foreign Service officers languish and Rex Tillerson builds a mini-empire.
- What “America First” Means for US Foreign Aid (Brookings)– Brookings experts have dispelled myths about foreign aid and explained why development assistance is important for recipient countries as well as for U.S. security.
- State Department Considers Scrubbing Democracy Promotion From its Mission (Washington Post) – The current drafts are similar to the old mission statement, except for one thing — any mention of promoting democracy is being eliminated.
- A Practical Vision for US Development Reform (CGD) – US foreign assistance should focus on four core development priorities: state fragility, inclusive growth, global health, and humanitarian assistance. Within these priority areas, 14 immediately actionable reforms would increase US development effectiveness and efficiency.
- ‘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.
- 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.
- Five Myths About the Foreign Service (Washington Post) – What we are vs. what people may think we are. In addition, read a commenting letter from alum Steve Callahan, pointing out that USAID officers also are Foreign Service.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- How to Deter North Korea (NY Times) – A letter to the editor by Alumnus Len Rogers.
- 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.
- 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).
- Cuts to A.I.D. Budget (NY Times) – A letter to the editor by Alumnus John Champagne.
- 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.
- State/USAID Listening Tour Report This report, commissioned by SecState Tillerson, is intended, among other things, to inform any future reorganization 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! CGD Commitment to Development Index (CGD) – This very interesting database ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries in how well their policies help to spread global prosperity to the developing world.
- August 2017 USAID Impact Newsletter: The latest edition covers a variety of topics.
- July/August 2017 Frontlines – This link will take you to the most recent edition.
- 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.
- 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.