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 Mark your calendars and watch for emails announcing further details of the following events!

Save the dates!  More details will be provided later for this year’s additional UAA social events, including the following:


Virtual Friday, October 30, and Friday, November 6, 2020 — UAA Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on two dates:
• The first session on October 30 morning will address development issues related to climate change by two panels, and the second session on the morning of November 6 will cover UAA activities and priorities. The October 30 session will feature Kerri Ann Jones (Pew Charitable Trust) in conversation with Masood Ahmed (Center for Global Development ) discussing key dimensions and challenges of climate change, and a panel on implications for development moderated by Bob Ichord (Atlantic Council), with Dennis Carroll (Global Virome Project), Manish Bapna (World Resources Institute), and Homi Kharas (Brookings).
• The November 6 session will include an update on UAA activities and possibilities for expanding UAA horizons, a discussion of the UAA mentoring program at 10 years, presentation of UAA awards, and more. More details will follow soon. Contributing UAA members are welcome to participate in both sessions but the UAA membership contributions for 2020 must be received by September 30 to ensure an invitation. Please check the UAA website listing here to assure that you have contributed in 2020.


NEW! Virtual– Wednesday, November 18, 2020,  12:00 noon to  1:00 pmUAA/DACOR Development Dialogue  Former USAID Administrator BrianAtwood “How does development fit in a future 3-D national security strategy?” Well-known to many UAA members, Atwood served as AID Administrator for over six years during the Clinton Administration. He chaired the OECD Development Assistance Committee from 2010-2012 and has been a distinguished scholar at both the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies – where he is now a Visiting Scholar.  He is a frequent contributor of opinion articles on foreign policy and development cooperation.


Postponed.Please watch for an email announcing any rescheduling details of the UAA Book Club virtual meeting to review Daniel Markovit’s new book, The Meritocracy Trap:  How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite.

Call for UAA Volunteer Mentors

The Strengthening USAID Committee of UAA needs more mentors! We face a high, and rapidly growing, demand for mentors. This reflects the value USAID Foreign Service Officers place on mentors and also the deep satisfaction our mentors derive from their conversations with newer USAID FSOs. A significant number of UAA members volunteer to serve as mentors, but durable matches require complementary skills, experiences, and even time zones to succeed. Thus, not all who volunteer to mentor, nor all FSOs who request a mentor, get matched in a given year — though we get close. If you’ve volunteered in the past two years, trust us — we still have your name! But with rapid program growth, we need a growing cadre of mentors. Join us! We provide professional training, camaraderie, and even, at least in the pre-covid-19 world, a free lunch during training!

Please complete the Mentor Profile by clicking here to summarize your experience to help us match you to a promising FSO, or just let us know you are interested in being a mentor.  Please send your expressions of interest to Roberta Mahoney ( or Rose Rakas (

USAID History Project

The USAID History Project author, John Norris, completed the manuscript late last month. The manuscript, entitled The Enduring Struggle – The History of the U.S. Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World, has received very positive endorsements already from several former USAID Administrators. We are pleased to report that a commercial publisher has expressed interest, and if all goes well, a contract will be signed soon with a publication date set for early in 2021.


UAA Annual Picnic

The UAA 10th Annual Picnic was held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, September 12.  Over 50 alumni and guests joined the two-hour fun event that enabled the participants to see and hear from friends and colleagues around the country (and the world!) about their post-retirement activities, catch up with others through the chat room, play a game of Scavenger Hunt at home, and compete for awards for different activities.  You can read a description of the “picnic” activities in this excellent summary.  If you would also like to watch the video of the event, just click here.


Development Dialogues

The UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues and the UAA Development Issues Committee Dialogues provide 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.

For a full archive of all events that have audio or video availability, please click here.

Below is our most recent event:

Jeremy Konyndyk on

“Responding to Pandemic and Humanitarian Crises”

NEW! On October 14, nearly 100 UAA and DACOR members from around the country were treated to a very thoughtful and challenging presentation by Jeremy Konyndyk on “Responding to Pandemic and Humanitarian Crises”, hosted by Alex Shakow.  Jeremy is a Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development and the former Director of USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Based on his wide experience and current research he laid out the important steps that should be taken to change the model for addressing pandemics and for providing humanitarian assistance more broadly for maximum and lasting impact. View the video of his presentation and responses to many audience questions.



In Memoriam

UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Reimert (Rei) Ravenholt*, David Edward Mutchler, John Henry Huber, Guy Baseler Baird, Barbara Bradford Williams, Harold Lubell (2015), David Gregory Mathiasen, Carl J. Hemmer Jr., Daniel Ian Stoll*.  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: Attn: Memorials.


Get Involved!

UAA is your organization and getting involved in Association activities will make us stronger, more interesting and – definitely – more fun. You can find a variety of activities to join under the Get Involved navigation tab at the top of this page, including:

UAA Speakers Roster

UAA Committees

Alumni Groupings

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Recent News Articles & Links for Development Professionals

(NOTE: Inclusion of any given article or web link does not constitute endorsement by UAA.)

Recent Articles

Below are recent articles on development happenings, issues, etc. If you have articles that you believe would be of general interest to the UAA membership, please submit 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.

Web Links

We offer links of general interest to folks involved in the development “arts.” If you have links you would like to submit, please send them here. To see and access the full list of web links, please click here.

If you have articles and/or links you would like to share with the rest of us, please send your suggestions to:, 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 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: Attn: Website.

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