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  • New! On Tuesday November 29th from 1:00 – 2:30 P.M. in a lead-up to World AIDS Day on December 1st, the Development Issues Committee is pleased to sponsor a virtual discussion on PEPFAR at 20. PEPFAR, established in early 2003, represents the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in the world and has committed over $110 billion to date. The USG has recently issued Reimagining PEPFAR’s Strategic Direction. Our discussion leaders will be Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Han Kang, the Director of USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS and J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice-President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Director of CSIS’s Health Policy Center. Their bio statements can be found here. The discussion will be open to all UAA members who have contributed in 2022. Please register for this timely discussion by clicking here.  
  • NEW! On Wednesday, December 7, from noon to 1:00 p.m., David Dollar will discuss “China’s Impact on Developing Countries – the Belt and Road Initiative, and more” at a UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue (Virtual). Dollar, a Brookings Institution Senior Fellow on Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, and a member of the John L. Thornton China Center is a leading expert on China’s economy and U.S.-China economic relations who formerly spent many years at the World Bank and the U.S. Treasury Department. To register for this event, please click here
  • NEW!  The UAA Development Issues Committee would like to alert all those registered with the Association to the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on December 13-15, 2022.  Official information about the summit can be found at:  https://www.state.gov/africasummit.  Many of the Washington area think tanks with experts on African affairs will be sponsoring their own side events in conjunction with the official events being sponsored by the State Department and the White House and we encourage those interested to visit their respective websites. In particular, the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars has reached out to the UAA to encourage our membership to participate in a “hybrid” event at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 7 on Transforming U.S.-Africa Economic Engagement into a 21st Century Partnership. The event will be webcast and open to a limited number of “in-person” attendees (50 maximum).  Registration for the webinar and for the limited number of “in person” slots can be found at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/transforming-us-africa-economic-engagement-21st-century-partnership 

Note from the UAA Board

As we move into the holiday season, we have much to be thankful for: a great Annual General Meeting; strong working relationships within UAA and with USAID colleagues; and an experienced leadership team on the Board.

On October 28, we had a very successful Annual General Meeting which this year was a hybrid event based at the Center for Global Development. The
meeting was effectively launched by a Keynote Message and Q&A session with USAID Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources Paloma Adams-Allen followed by a Lifetime Achievement Recognition for former USAID Administrator Peter McPherson. See the article below with links to the report and the full video as well as Profiles of the two awardees.

On October 18, the UAA Board met with the new Agency Counselor Clinton White, briefed him on the UAA MOU with USAID and expressed our interest in maintaining on-going communications with him as different activities proceed under the MOU. He joined as the newest Counselor a panel of some 7 former USAID Counselors at a luncheon meeting on November 1 billed as USAID@DACOR. The session provoked lively discussion about foreign assistance and the role of the Counselors in the Agency. See the article below.

At the AGM we were very pleased to announce the election of Chris Milligan, Joy Riggs-Perla, and Miles Toder to the Board, joining Margaret Neuse, Roberta Mahoney, Carol Dabbs, and Denise Rollins. We thanked Anne Aarnes, Terry Brown, and Jim Bever for their stellar service to the Board and reminded them that we are likely to continue to call on them for advice and counsel.

At our first meeting on November 3, the Board approved the following Officers:  Roberta Mahoney and Margaret Neuse as Co-Chairs, Miles Toder as Secretary, and Carol Dabbs as Treasurer. Chris Milligan will serve as the Point of Contact for the UAA/USAID MOU; Jim Bever will serve as the Senior Advisor for Public Outreach and Nancy Tumavick as the Senior Advisor for Communications. In March, Joy Riggs-Perla will replace Margaret Neuse as Co-Chair.

One final note. Consider joining and playing a role on one of UAA’s Committees. While members work hard, they also have fun and help alumni stay connected to others with similar interests and the larger USAID alumni community.

We have a constant need for mentors for the Mentoring Program. We are a volunteer organization and appreciate any way you can help. 


2022 UAA Annual General Meeting

The USAID Alumni Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on October 28, 2022, with both in-person attendance, for the first time since 2019, and via Zoom Webinar. Those who were able to attend in-person appreciated the opportunity to see friends and colleagues from UAA. Those not able to do so were happy that the virtual connection enabled UAA members across the United States and in other countries to participate. The meeting was attended in-person by 69 USAID Alumni and 19 guests and speakers, and virtually by 63 Alumni, guests, and speakers. This linked report summarizes the presentations and discussions conducted during the meeting. A video of the entire AGM can be viewed by clicking here

 


UAA 10th Annual Summer Picnic

This past September 11th presented the perfect day for approximately 70 UAA members and guests to gather in person – sorry there was no WiFi access at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria for virtual attendance – for the UAA summer picnic.  The threatened rain held off, the potluck dishes were delicious and plentiful, and everyone enjoyed personal hugs and conversation. We were pleased to welcome a group of Afghan FSNs and their families who joined us for the picnic. We are sharing here a few photos taken during the event. Enjoy identifying your friends and former colleagues.  

 


Emergency Relief Funds for Ukraine:  for FSNs and for Ukrainian Citizens

For information about contributing to relief of the Ukraine emergency, including the FSN Emergency Relief Fund and ways to support the people of Ukraine compiled by DACOR Bacon House Foundation’s Development Office, click here.

 


“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 Devt

John 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.) Alumni with suggestions for events that will popularize the book or generate reviews should send their suggestions to Alex Shakow at ashakow@comcast.net.

A very positive review of The Enduring Struggle by Mary Jane Maxwell  has recently been published in the Journal of World History.  Read it 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.  

UAA DACOR Development Dialogue:  

USAID Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Ambassador Erin McKee and former USAID Counselor Tom Staal

 

On Tuesday, November 15, USAID Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Ambassador Erin McKee was the featured speaker in a virtual UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue focused on “Ukraine – Providing Humanitarian and Economic Assistance in a War Zone”.  In conversation with former USAID Counselor Tom Staal and in her responses to questions from the audience, she spoke candidly of the many great challenges being confronted and largely overcome by USAID staff members and their partners as they help the Ukraine government meet today’s and future investment needs. Follow the entire hour’s program by clicking here


 

Development Issues Committee Hosts Discussion:

The U.S. Strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa

On September 28, 2022, the Development Issues Committee hosted a discussion on the new U.S. Strategy towards Sub-Saharan Africa.  The Strategy is available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/U.S.-StrategyTpoward-Sub-Saharan-affrica-FINAL.pdf. The discussion was led by three distinguished experts: Ervin Massinga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) in the Bureau of African Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Diana Putman, Senior Advisor in USAID’s Africa Bureau (and former Acting Assistant Administrator for Africa), and W. Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD).  Biographical summaries for the three discussion leaders are available at: https://usaidalumni.org/development-issues-cpmmittee-speaker-bios.

PDAS Massinga stressed that the new Strategy reflects the USG’s intention to “reset” its strategy in the region and “sets a new baseline” based on true of partnership.  Diana Putman stressed that the Strategy recognizes the importance and independent responsibility of Africa which is taking an increasingly prominent role in the leadership of major international organizations and cited the renewed emphasis on private sector engagement and the role of the African diaspora. Gyude Moore noted that a number of new players other than China and Russia are growing their presence in the region, including Turkey and several Middle Eastern countries which leaves room for cooperation that may not necessarily ask Africans to commit to U.S. priorities. 

A robust Question and Answer session followed the initial reflections of the discussion leaders.  A more compete summary of the discussion can be read here.

    



In Memoriam

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

Tina Forrester Cleland, Martha Welch Rees, Ellen K. Bisson, Katherine (Kate) McKee, Stephen & Dheswende Reig, George Russell Jenkins, George Laudato, Howard Solomon, Robert Nooter, Eugene Harald Rauch, Townsend Smith Swayze, Margie C. Jaspersen, David Shear, John Roy Oleson.

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 Committees

UAA Mentoring

Job & Volunteer Opportunities 

Syllabi for Devt Courses and Speakers

 


 

Recent News Articles & Links for Development Professionals

Recent Articles

To see and access the full list of articles, please click here.

If you have articles that you believe would be of general interest to the UAA membership, please submit them 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.

 


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