Save the dates! More details will be provided later for this year’s additional UAA social events, including the following:
*Cancelled Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm — Connie Carrino and Jeff Sharat will host their annual alumni picnic at Connie’s home in Stowe, Vermont. For USAID alumni passing through Vermont this summer, you are invited to join the fun. If you can make it, please RSVP to Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*August 27, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm — The Development Issues Committee will host a virtual (Zoom) session featuring Andy Herscowitz of the Development Finance Corporation leading a discussion on the formation and first six months of the DFC.
*Saturday, September 12, 2020, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm — SUMMER PICNIC at Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria, VA.
* Wednesday, September 16 – 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. – UAA/DACOR virtual Development Dialogue – UNICEF Executive Director (and former USAID Administrator) Henrietta Holsman Fore will speak on “From USAID Administrator to UNICEF Executive Director – Challenges and Opportunities”. She is a great friend of the UAA – and was in fact the A/AID who initially suggested that USAID retirees should organize in an alumni organization. This promises to be a great treat for all, with plenty of time for a Q&A session. Details on how to register for this virtual event will follow.
*October 30, 2020, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm — ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC.
NOTE FOR UAA WEBSITE READERS
The USAID Alumni Association website is now being updated to ensure the most current, relevant and readable content in a user-friendly format for our readers. Look for changes over the next few months, particularly under many of the navigation tabs. We are seeking ways to make the reader-experience easy, such as the alphabetical directory introduced by John Pielemeier for the Bibliography of USAID Authors. We welcome feedback from readers with suggestions to enhance this process. Please send your ideas to email@example.com.
With Regard to Recent White House Appointments to USAID
On June 11th, the UAA Board of Directors sent the following letter:
“Dear Acting Administrator Barsa,
We are writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of the USAID Alumni Association, an organization supported by over 1,100 alumni of USAID who together have more than 20,000 person-years of professional experience and dedicated service to our country in the field of international development.
We take note of the controversy generated by recent White House political appointments to USAID, and of the serious concern, expressed by many USAID alumni, that those appointments signal a change in certain fundamental principles and policies that have guided the agency.
With those concerns in mind, we were heartened by your press statements of June 2 and June 4, which reiterated USAID’s firm commitment to advancing International Religious Freedom and LGBTI rights. We strongly urge and expect USAID to continue honoring those commitments, as well as its longstanding commitment to women’s empowerment.
UAA Board of Directors”
With Regard to Social and Racial Justice
As members of the Board of the USAID Alumni Association, we strongly believe we would be remiss in staying silent in the face of the extraordinary events happening around us. The careers of all of us in UAA have been devoted to encouraging the growth of flourishing, just and equitable societies around the world. We are thus dismayed to have seen in recent weeks the degree to which our own nation is falling far short of the principles which are basic to the ideals of our own society, and which the U.S. has vigorously supported around the world through diplomacy, foreign assistance, and trade. We urge you to read the forceful messages that three of our partner organizations — CGD, DACOR, and AFSA — have issued (see links below) and with which we fully agree. We intend to apply these lessons to our work here at home, including in the UAA itself.
Center for Global Development: “As a Washington, DC-based think tank, focused internationally to fulfill our global development mission, the incidents of the past weeks have compelled us to look locally…” (click here)
DACOR Bacon House: “Our organization of foreign affairs professionals does not usually comment on social and political issues in our country,…” (click here)
American Foreign Service Association: “Our nation is in an unprecedented situation….” (click here)
2020 UAA Awards Program
In 2020, the UAA will continue to recognize significant contributions by USAID Alumni through its signature Alumni of the Year Awards. Since the inception of the Awards Program in 2014, the UAA has recognized and celebrated new paths taken by USAID alumni to provide service to their communities and to make lasting contributions to others at home and abroad.
For the Alumni of the Year awards, your help is requested in identifying individuals whose post-USAID activities are truly exemplary and highlight the quality of our alumni community. We ask each of you to consider nominating (or self-nominating) someone you know who is deserving of this recognition.
The Awards Committee will accept nominations for Alumni of the Year, beginning now until July 31, 2020. Send nominations electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The award winners will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on October 30, 2020.
The 2020 UAA Awards Program guidance can be viewed here.
Ten Little-Known USAID Alumni Association Facts
As part of our review of the 2020 Membership Survey comments, we realized some members were not aware of the many benefits and activities available to USAID alumni who join the USAID Alumni Association. We plan to do better. We developed a fact sheet that responds to some of these misconceptions, entitled Ten Little-Known USAID Alumni Association Facts. You can find these facts in a recent posting on the UAA Bulletin Board section of our website.
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 June 30, 2020 the UAA and DACOR held our first virtual Development Dialogue at DACOR. This unusual event, with an audience of over 100 from around the country, was required by the impact of COVID-19 and featured Gayle Smith, former AID Administrator and current President/CEO of the ONE Campaign and host, Alex Shakow.
While her main topic was “Attacking Poverty in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment”, she also answered questions for about 45 minutes on a wide array of subjects. While expressing deep concern about the impact of the virus and other discouraging developments (including at USAID), she also found important reasons to be optimistic and hopeful. See the video and hear her comments and responses to more than a dozen questions here.
UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Richard J.”Dick” Pond, James Edward Blackwell, Kenneth Patrick LuePhang, Richard Lee Podol, John Kent Scales, Donald W. Maccorquodale, MD, Frank W. Brecher, Beverly Youmans, John A. “Jack” Shaw*. 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 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
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.)
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.
- New!Supreme Court says fight against HIV/AIDS overseas may include policy denouncing prostitution (USA Today, June 29, 2020)
- New!A quiet revolution for women in US foreign and security policy?(The Hill, June 22, 2020)
- New!Democratic senators call for investigation into USAID aides over controversial comments(Politico, June 18, 2020)
- New! Opinion: Calls for racial justice are a wake-up for the global development community(Devex, Paul Weisenfeld, June 17, 2020)
- New! Opinion: A new day – solving the other epidemic of systemic racism (Aaron Williams at Devex, June 9, 2020)
- New! Trump administration nominates American to head Inter-American Development Bank, breaking with tradition (WashPost, June 16, 2020)
- New!Boris Johnson Scraps U.K.’s Aid Ministry in Foreign Policy Shake Up(Bloomberg, June 16)
- New! Flattening the carbon curve: lessons from a pandemic for the other existential crisis: Douglas Alexander and Alex Their: Can we get our act together on the climate crisis?(King’s College London, June 11, 2020)
- New! USAID Staff Demand Action from Agency Leaders Over ‘Systemic Racism’(NBC News, June 11, 2020)
- New! Former diplomats and civilian officials condemn Trump administration’s response to protests(WashPost, June8, 2020)
- New! New Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and “Our Homo-Empire” (ProPublica, June 5, 2020)
- New!Former senior-level U.S. government international conflict experts call for immediate action to address significantly worsening conflict dynamics in the United States(Alliance for Peacebuilding, June 1, 2020)*
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: 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.