Friday, March 10 – 11:30-2:00 – Development Dialogue at DACOR – “2017 Prospects – New Challenges – Corruption, Foreign Aid and Security.” A co-founder of Transparency International, Frank Vogl has been engaged with global economics, banking, governance and anti-corruption efforts for more than 40 years, as a journalist (London Times, Reuters), World Bank Director of Public Affairs, an anti-corruption civil society leader, and a top level adviser to financial institutions.
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.
USAID ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
October 21, 2016 – Center for Global Development, Washington, DC
“LEARNING FROM HISTORY”
This report is intended to provide the many UAA members who were not able to attend the annual meeting a sense of the outstanding presentations and discussions that marked this day-long gathering focused on Learning from History. The day’s focus on the history of American foreign assistance programs was designed to highlight that many of the principles and objectives of today’s USAID programs are rooted in beliefs, policies and actions dating back to the early days of this nation. The morning program opened with a focus on the pre-USAID period and the afternoon closed with three former USAID Administrators and the current Administrator, Gayle Smith, offering their guidance for the next Administration.
This summary can neither do justice to the richness of the discussion nor capture another primary objective of this gathering – the opportunity for friends and former colleagues to see each other again and to meet a number of the younger generation of USAID staff who were invited to attend.
The following paragraphs will guide you through the day’s events. Follow the links to the appropriate document or see a video presentation of the event.
The Agenda for the day and the speakers’ bio-data are attached.
Co-Chair Introduction The AGM provides a brief opportunity to bring members up-to-date on organizational developments. Carol Peasley announced that contributing members now number over 300. Attendees were asked to help ensure that more former colleagues, including FSNs, were made aware of the UAA and its many activities. The UAA depends entirely on volunteers. Accordingly, members were urged to become more active participants in the various committees. (See a full summary of Carol’s remarks here.) Members were urged to review and comment on the formal Report to Members and 2017-19 Strategic Plan. View the Video (section begins at 15 minutes/0 seconds)
First Panel – “Learning from the History of U.S. Foreign Assistance 1790-1950” In a panel moderated by USAID’s Jim Bever, John Sanbrailo, Julia Irwin and Curt Tarnoff described a stimulating array of illustrations of over two centuries’ of foreign assistance initiatives, both public and private, culminating in the Marshall Plan. (See a summary of their remarks here.) View the Video (section begins at 25 minutes/15 seconds)
Second Panel – “Lessons from USAID Country Experience” This panel, moderated by CGD’s Casey Dunning, featured consideration of lessons learned from four country cases by Michael Pillsbury (Taiwan/Korea), Jim Fox (Costa Rica) and Larry Heilman (Bolivia). (See a summary here.) View the Video (section begins at 0 minutes/0 seconds)
Board Election Results The re-election to the Board of Tish Butler and the election for first terms of Juan Buttari and Barbara Seligman were announced; they were succeeding Nancy Pielemeier and David Cohen who had completed their second two-year terms.
Annual Alumni Awards Frank Almaguer, Chairman of the Awards Committee, announced that Kathleen and Paul Vitale and David Garms were this year’s awardees. (See the text of the presentations here.) View the Video (section begins at 11 minutes/0 seconds)
USAID Administrator Gayle Smith In a wide ranging talk, the Administrator emphasized the many positive changes within USAID over the past few years, the greater bipartisan support for foreign assistance and the increased respect for USAID in interagency fora. She stressed the importance to the Agency of the career staff and of learning from their experience, and she expressed the hope that in the new Administration there would be continuation of major multi-year efforts to strengthen the Agency’s human resources and procurement systems. (See a full summary of her talk here.) View the Video (section begins at 46 minutes/05 seconds)
Panel of USAID Administrators – The Center for American Progress’ John Norris moderated a panel of three former USAID Administrators – Peter McPherson (1981-87), Brian Atwood (1993-1999) and Henrietta Holsman Fore (2007-2009) – and the current Administrator. Their broad topic was “Lessons from the Past for the Next Administration”. They reflected on what they wish they had known in advance when they first became head of USAID and on what advice they would have for a new Administrator. It was a great treat for all to see and hear these four great USAID leaders interacting and largely agreeing on a range of important policy and practical suggestions about USAID and its future. (See a summary of their discussion here. Read the CGD blog – Four Recommendations from Four Generations of USAID Leadership here.) View the Video (section begins at 1 hr., 20 minutes/10 seconds)
Attendance – Total – about 160: UAA Members –120; Speakers – 14; Guests and USAID Young Professionals – 26.
Report on UAA Activities
Please click here to read the 2016 UAA Progress Report and Preliminary Plans for 2017.
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 12/16 This update contains several new items (highlighted in blue) that readers will want to check out. It includes several new books from the Foreign Service Journal and 5 from a former USAID chief economist, Constantine Michelolopoulos.
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! 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.
New! 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: 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! 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 email@example.com and/or see https://www.auaf.edu.af/media/1687/consultant-january-2017.pdf. 6/15
New! The Smithsonian is currently recruiting volunteers to fill multiple vacancies in positions that work directly with the public. Volunteers offer information about Smithsonian exhibitions, activities, services, and more. The positions are: 1) Information Desk Volunteers , who provide a warm welcome and useful information to our visitors on site at various museums and galleries and 2) Call Center Volunteers , who engage with the public through the main information line of the Smithsonian and help the public with various questions related to Smithsonian visits and services.If you’re looking for a volunteer role that allows you to meet with people from around the world and learn about new and exciting things happening at the Smithsonian, this position is for you! Click on the links above to see details of the specific opportunities and learn how to apply. Contact Abbey Earich at EarichA@si.edu or 202.633.5260 for additional questions. 2/14
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Mission Support” on the subject line.
The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is hiring individuals to serve as Personal Services Contractors (PSCs). USAID/OFDA is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crisis and disasters, and leads the USG’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 70 disasters in over 50 countries a year. OFDA is looking for qualified humanitarian professionals to serve in Washington, DC and Internationally as Regional Advisors, Policy Advisors, Program Officers, Training Specialists, Administrative Specialists, Communication Specialists, and Team Leaders. Full announcements of open positions can be found at www.ofdajobs.net. PSC positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.
The DCHA Bureau has newly launched the Crisis Surge Staff. The Crisis Surge Staff is somewhat similar to OTI’s Bullpen or the OFDA DART except that they provide the skills needed by the rest of a USAID mission. The “Firehouse,” as it is called, is comprised of intermittent PSCs that would be deployed to Missions for 2-10 months on an as needed basis. DCHA is looking for people with the full range of skills including: Senior Development Advisors, General Development Officers, Democracy and Governance Officers, Elections Specialists, Program Officers, Strategic Communication Officers, Contracting Officers, and Executive Officers. Here is the link for the full program description: http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/bureaus/bureau-democracy-conflict-and-humanitarian-assistance/office-2.
– Peace Corp Response Program: The Peace Corps Response Program complements the traditional 2-year Peace Corps tour by providing volunteers to do short term (3-12 months), high impact projects to address critical needs in host countries. Many of these volunteer slots have been opened recently to professionals with at least 10 years of experience. Although many USAID alumni are returned Peace Corps Volunteers, even those who are not possess exactly the kind of skills needed as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. These positions come with the same benefits as the 2-year program, including travel to and from the country of service, full medical benefits, and a living stipend. To learn more about the program and view open positions, visit: peacecorps.gov/response. New positions are posted on this website as they are requested by the host country, so please check back regularly. For additional information and response to any questions, please contact Allison McReynolds at email@example.com.
(NOTE: Inclusion of any given article or web link does not constitute endorsement by UAA.)
Articles and Videos
Below are recent articles on development happenings, issues, etc. If you have comments on them, please share them with us in the Forum. If you have articles that you believe would be of general interest to the UAA membership, please submit them here or feel free to post or link them in the Forum.
Over time, this list of articles has grown. To keep this page at a manageable size, older articles have been removed. To see and access the full list of articles, please click here.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! Agency Interim Leadership as of Noon January 20
- New! 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.
- New! 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! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! The Economist Crony Capitalism Index (The Economist) – An index designed to test whether the world is experiencing a new era of “robber barons.”
- New! 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.
- New! 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.
- New! 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.”
- New! 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.
- Trump Administration Puts the U.S. at a Crossroad for Global Health Aid (NY Times) – Health experts and government officials admit that they have no idea what direction the incoming Trump administration is going to take.
- OECD-DAC Peer Review of US Development Efforts (OECD) – The principal findings of the report are highly favorable to USAID.
- Examining Heritage’s Views on Aid as Foundation Plays Key Trump Transition Role (Devex) – This article looks at the Foundation’s records to see what policy recommendations it has made about foreign aid and development.
- 8 Possible picks for Trump’s USAID Administrator (Devex) – Pure speculation, but interesting nonetheless.
- USAID is Ready, But Still Waiting, for the Trump Transition (Devex) – Agency leaders have made sure USAID is ready to change hands. The only problem is, they still have no one to share this information with.
- 5 Things the Trump Team Needs to Know About Foreign Aid (The Hill) – As Trump transition teams begin to do their work, here’s a quick list of what they need to know about foreign aid.
- Why USAID’s New Approach to Development Assistance Is Stalled (AFSA) – Increasingly security isolated Agency staff, find themselves isolated from the host country and its people, creating imposing obstacles to the “local” focus of Raj Shah’s USAID Forward.
- Rethinking U.S. National Security: A New Role for International Development (Foreign Affairs) – Andrew Natsios and Brian Atwood make the point that development, post-conflict-transition, and humanitarian-relief programs are among the most effective and least costly crisis-prevention tools. They propose a cabinet-level department for development to carry out an established, bipartisan strategy to support global and U.S. security.
- Chemonics Disciplined Over ‘Racist’ Hiring Process (Alaraby – Chemonics International was ordered to pay $482,000 by the US Department of Labor in “back-pay, interest and benefits” to 124 African-American job applicants.
- The international Project Management Institute (PMI) just published — on-line – alumnus Ken Smith’s article on monitoring the financial aspects of project performance, which has direct pertinence to USAID funded projects. The article can be found here.
- 5 Questions About Aid Under Trump (Devex) – Here are some of the biggest questions about the future of U.S. development cooperation as the Obama-Trump transition kicks off.
- Foreign Aid Under Trump’s ‘America-First’ Doctrine (Devex) – While policy details are thin, President-elect Trump’s likely views on foreign aid and development assistance can be summed up in two words: America first.
- Africa’s Great Hunger Handicap (American Diplomacy) – An article by alumnus Mark Wentling. As long as Africa remains the most undernourished region in the world, it will fail to graduate from the lower ranks of development.
- Aid in Kind – Free Two Shoes (Economist) – New studies should cool the warm glow surrounding shoe donations.
- The U.S. Spent Billions Building Roads in Afghanistan. Now Many of Them Are Beyond Repair. (Washington Post) – A report released S by a U.S. government oversight body paints a grim picture of the state of Afghanistan’s roads, including the roughly 10,000 miles constructed, paved, repaired or funded by the United States.
- Four Recommendations from Four Generations of USAID Leadership (CGD Blog) – This CGD blog is based on the A/AID panel at the AGM which focused on what the participants wish they had known before they started the job and what advice they would give a new Agency lead. The blog also discusses parallels between CGD’s own agenda for USAID and what the administrators had to say.
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! 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.
- New! January/February 2017 Front Lines – This link will take you to the most recent edition.
- Update Fragile States Index (Fund for Peace) – This index uses 12 social, economic, political, and military indicators and ranks 60 states in order of their vulnerability to violent internal conflict.
- USAID Map – Find a country and click on its USAID stories and results.
- NGO Aid Map This an InterAction initiative that provides detailed information on members’ work around the world through a web-based mapping platform.
- The Good Country Index – This is an index that measures what each country contributes to the common good of humanity and to the planet.
- OneVote16.org asked each candidate to go “on the record” with a video statement to say what they’d do to fight extreme poverty, if elected. There are short videos for each of the candidates that have responded.
- The new USAID International Data & Economic Analysis website (IDEA) is the Agency’s comprehensive source of economic and social data and analysis.
- Mindless Foreign Aid is a new development blog by Tom Dichter. It addresses how foreign aid for development has become mindless. Dichter has nearly 50 years of experience promoting development in over sixty developing countries on four continents.
- Telling USAID’s Story – This is a new web page put together by LPA, the Agency’s public affairs office.
- Foreign Service Oral Histories (Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training) – Included are more than 1900 searchable oral histories completed over the past thirty years by individuals from USAID, State, USDA and Labor.
- Development Talk – A World Bank Blog – Interesting reading hosted by the Bank’s Chief Economist.
- The Foreign Assistance Dashboard – The goal of the Dashboard is to enable a wide variety of stakeholders to examine, research, and track U.S. Government foreign assistance investments in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. As it evolves, the Dashboard will incorporate budget, financial, program, and performance data from all U.S. Government agencies implementing foreign assistance, humanitarian, and development funds.
If you have articles and/or links you would like to share with the rest of us, please send your suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Attn: Development Issues.
Suggestion Box – Your Ideas for UAA
Some of you may have noticed the many changes that have been made to this, the UAA website. The objective is to provide a site that members will find useful and interesting – a place you will want to return to on a regular basis.
We would greatly appreciate your feedback and ideas about usaidalumni.org. We also would like to have any news, articles or anything else you would like to share with your fellow alumni. Please send them to us at: email@example.com Attn: Website.