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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:

NEW! Virtual Development Dialogue at DACOR (DDD) – Wednesday, October 14, 12 noon to 1:00CGD’s Jeremy Konyndyk, “Responding to Pandemic and Humanitarian Crises”.  Among his many important positions, Jeremy was Director of  USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance during the Obama Administration where he led the US response to the Ebola crisis and many other disasters. He has been oft-quoted in recent months on how best to address the current coronavirus crisis. An email with details on how to register for this event will be sent soon.
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 Ahmad (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.
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.

 

Henrietta Fore – UNICEF Executive Director and Former AID Administrator

On September 16, the UAA and DACOR were delighted to have Henrietta Holsman Fore join us for an hour to discuss “From USAID Administrator to UNICEF Executive Director — Challenges and Opportunities.” In conversation with Alex Shakow and in a half hour of Qs&As with some of the more than 125 members in the virtual audience,  she spelled out clearly the vast array of issues UNICEF faces every day around the world. It was inspiring to hear her high level of knowledge, passion, commitment, vision and insight on UNICEF’s current focus and it priorities for the future. View the video to hear her comments and responses to many questions.

 


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 (robertacairo@hotmail.com) or Rose Rakas (rosetrakas@gmail.com).


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.  Our most recent event is belo

Andrew Herscowitz, Chief Development Officer

US Development Finance Corporation

The Development Issues Committee held its first virtual meeting via Zoom on August 27. Our guest discussion leader was Andrew Herscowitz, Chief Development Officer of the recently created U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the successor to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Mr. Herscowitz, a Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service, and formerly the Coordinator of USAID’s Power Africa Initiative, led a discussion of the origins of the DFC in the Build Act of 2019 and the accomplishments and challenges of the organization’s first nine months of operation.  He outlined the structure of the organization and the composition of the Board of Directors, one of whom is the USAID Administrator, and emphasized his mission to assure “development” remained a primary tenet of the organization.  He also highlighted the DFC’s new screen for evaluating the merits of proposed new investments, called the Impact Quotient (IQ), which looks at a project’s potential to contribute to economic growth, assures inclusiveness of women, minorities and those “at the bottom of the pyramid”, and is innovative. He noted the close collaboration with USAID (as the DFC had originally been located in USAID.)

This highly successful first virtual meeting for the Development Issues Committee was open to all UAA Members who had made their 2020 contribution by July 31st.  Sixty-one members signed up (triple the number who normally attend the in-person meetings) and 43 attended. This virtual capacity expands the Committee’s reach to a much wider UAA audience.  It may also broaden future participation outside the DC area or for those who cannot attend in-person meetings once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.  The Committee plans to hold its next meeting in October or November.

 


In Memoriam

UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: 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: office@usaidalumni.org 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: office@usaidalumni.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: office@usaidalumni.org Attn: Website.


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