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



  • New!  Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 1:30-3:30 p.m. — The UAA Book Club will hold a virtual meeting via Zoom for which Alex Shakow and the author John Norris have offered to lead a Zoom discussion of The Enduring Struggle: The History of the Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World.  Registration is open to contributing members only and may be accessed by clicking here. (Also, a promotional discounted copy of the book may be ordered for $28. See the flier here:  Microsoft Word – The Enduring Struggle Promotional Flyer (1).docx (


  • New! Tuesday, December 14, 2021 11:00 A.M. -12:30 P.M. EST — The UAA Development Issues Committee is pleased to announce that it will host a discussion on Zoom on “COP-26 and the Implications for U.S. Foreign Assistance Programming on Climate Change”.  Our guest discussion leaders will be former USAID Mission Director Jay L. Knott, currently Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Kathryn Stratos, Deputy Director of USAID’s Center for the Environment, Energy and Infrastructure and leader of the Climate and Cross Sectoral Strategy Branch. Please click here for their bios.  The event will be open to all UAA members who have made a contribution to the UAA in 2021. Please register for this event no later than 12:00 noon Monday December 13, 2021 by clicking on this link.  All those who register will be sent an e-mail with information on how to join the Zoom meeting. 


  • New! Thursday, December 15, 2021, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. — Please join us for a Fire-Side Chat with  “Young Professionals at AID”, otherwise known as “YP@AID”.  We are excited that the Agency has invited UAA for this “InterGenerational Event” to answer questions about what some of our careers meant to us and how some of us see the role of US foreign assistance during the future careers of these young professionals. The Agency has hired a few hundred new Foreign Service and Civil Service officers this year and plans to continue such new hiring into the coming years.  YP@AID currently has almost 1,000 Members, many of whom include employees of institutional contractors who work inside HQ and plan on careers in international development. The exact time and videoconference link will be shared with Alumni as soon as it is available.


  • New! On Friday, January 7, 2022, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., there will be a UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue featuring Shannon Green, Senior Advisor to the USAID Administrator and Executive Director, Anti-Corruption Task Force in conversation with UAA’s Larry Garber on “Combating Corruption: Democracy Summit Follow-Up”. President Biden’s Democracy Summit, on December 9 and 10, is intended to “galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights”. Join us to learn more about what AID and State are doing to lead the anti-corruption effort.


  • New! On Tuesday, February 1, 2022 there will be a UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue entitled “The OECD/DAC and USAID: shaping international development cooperation over 60 years.” This DDD will feature a conversation between three highly experienced leaders: Richard Carey (from Paris), former Director of the OECD Development Cooperation Directorate and co-editor of the recently published history of the Development Assistance Committee’s first sixty years; Brian Atwood, former DAC Chairman (2010-13) and USAID Administrator (1993-99); and Ambassador James (Jim) Michel, former DAC Chairman (1994-99) and USAID Counselor (among many other senior AID and State positions).   



Administrator Power’s Vision for USAID


U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power has laid out her vision for the agency — one focused on increasing local partnership and participation and making development more inclusive of marginalized groups.
The goal is to make USAID not only an agency of “international development” but of “inclusive development,” she stated in a speech Thursday, November 5th at Georgetown University. The address, which took place before an in-person crowd and was streamed to thousands online, was Power’s first major speech as Administrator.  The three key pillars of the new strategy, Power said, are to make aid more accessible by diversifying the types of partners USAID works with, more equitable by focusing on the needs of those who are most marginalized and incorporating their voices, and more responsive by better listening to partners in the countries where the agency works. 


Note from the UAA Board

Video of the October 29 UAA Annual General Meeting


On Friday, October 29, the USAID Alumni Association held its Annual General Meeting 2021.  Click on this link to see a video of the entire AGM, including:

  • a fascinating conversation with the USAID Administrator Samantha Power;
  • a panel discussion led by CGD’s Amanda Glassman, focused on strengthening health systems and building resilience in response to the Covid pandemic; and
  • a 45 minute Q&A with John Norris, author of the USAID history The Enduring Struggle. 
  • UAA Alumni of the Year awards presented to Jonathan Addleton and Neil Levine.

A video with observations from the field in India by UAA member Madhumita Gupta is available on this link.  The video was not shown during the COVID panel session due to a technical glitch.



USAID at 60

AFSA Programs and Events




  • Also, on their social media channels, AFSA will be sharing articles, promoting USAID anniversary events, and posting facts and graphics highlighting the work of USAID as part of the commemoration. We encourage members to repost our social media messages and/or craft you own, use the hashtag #USAID60, and tag AFSA. If you don’t yet follow us on social media, it’s a great time to start now! Twitter, Facebook, and AFSA LinkedIn and FSJ LinkedIn.

  • Please email with any questions or for more information.




“The Enduring Struggle:  The History of the U.S. Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World “

by John Norris

The Enduring Struggle: the history of the US Agency for Intl DevtJohn Norris‘ book, The Enduring Struggle – The History of the Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World, has been published, and copies are now available for purchase. (To buy the book from the publisher at a 30 percent discount please use the form at this link.) There are already two events in which John Norris talked about the book — at the ADST Diplomatic Lunch on July 29th and at a UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue on September 15th; his next event will be at the UAA Annual General Meeting on October 29th.  There will no doubt be other events scheduled, including a UAA Book Club discussion. Alumni with suggestions for events that will popularize the book and/or generate reviews should send their suggestions to Alex Shakow at



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.


“Economic and Social Development in the Northern Triangle

as a Contribution to U.S. Immigration Policy”



The Development Issues Committee hosted a well-attended virtual discussion on November 5th on “Economic and Social Development in the Northern Triangle as a Contribution to U.S. Immigration Policy.” The discussion leaders were Claudia Umana Araujo, President of El Salvador’s Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), Jonathan Fantini-Porter, Executive Director of the Partnership for Central America, a coalition of private sector organizations promoting economic and social development in the region, and Michael Camilleri, Senior Advisor to the USAID Administrator and Executive Director of USAID’s Northern Triangle Task Force. Claudia Umana highlighted some of the challenges facing civil society organizations in the region, in particular the need for greater emphasis on a “bottoms-up” approach to economic and social development, for strengthening the rule of law and for increased standards of ethics that promote transparency.  Jonathan Fantini-Porter noted that the recently created (2021) Partnership for Central America has engaged some 75 private sector firms, including Mastercard, Microsoft and Nespresso, in efforts to address challenges to increased investment in the region, including the mobilization of capital and increased digital inclusion. Michal Camilleri highlighted the just announced Centro America Local initiative of USAID (part of USAID’s emerging localization strategy) which will channel $300 million over 5 years to the Northern Triangle countries, of which $230 million will be directed to local partners, to address the root causes of migration. A lively question-and-answer session followed the speakers’ opening remarks.




In Memoriam

UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community:

Julius Kaplan, Howard Raymond Handler, George Edward Shephard, Jr., George Gardiner Wood, Donald Mervon Harrison, William G. Rhodes, Eugene Nathaniel “Tony” Babb, Dwight Ink

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!

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UAA Committees

UAA Mentoring

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Recent News Articles & Links for Development Professionals


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.


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