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UAA Calendar


  • Sunday, September 11, 12:00 – 3:00 pm ET — The UAA Summer Picnic will again be held at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria, VA. Look for a special email in August announcing all the details. We hope that you and family members will be able to join us!
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022 – 11:00 a.m.– Noon.  UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue – Freedom House President Michael Abramowitz in conversation with the UAA’s Larry Garber. Freedom House is the oldest American organization devoted to the support and defense of democracy around the world. Support for democracy is in decline around the world – please join us for candid discussion of what the US and other countries can and should do about this.  Watch for a detailed message closer to the event.
  • Friday, October 28, an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in-person at the Center for Global Development. Members who prefer to attend virtually, and those who live outside the Washington, DC area will be able to join via Zoom. We have invited Administrator Power to join us again this year, and we are planning on a discussion of USAID’s policy on “localization.” The AGM will also feature a session on public outreach as well as the presentations of the UAA Alumni of the Year Award and a special Lifetime Achievement Award to someone familiar to almost all UAA members!



Note from the UAA Board

Members of the Board met with the Deputy Administrator for Management, Paloma Adams-Allen, for our quarterly meeting in June. As we have reported earlier, Paloma remains engaged, knowledgeable and supportive of our joint activities, and sees UAA as a tremendous asset (her words) in USAID operations. We were joined by the acting Counselor and UAA member, Ken Yamashita, and look forward to our next quarterly meeting in September when we expect to meet with the new Counselor, Clint White.

Speaking of the Board, we have three openings on the Board, a few openings on the Executive Committee, and a constant need for mentors for the Mentoring Program. We are a volunteer organization and appreciate any way you can help. If you are interested in joining the Board or know someone who would be a great addition to the Board and the organization, please nominate them (or self-nominate) — see the Notice below for nomination instructions.

Finally, it’s summer — we hope you had a great July 4th holiday weekend. Stay cool!



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.



2022 UAA Awards Program

The UAA Awards Committee is eagerly awaiting your nomination of a UAA member (or yourself) for the 2022 “Alumni of the Year” awards for international or domestic service. The deadline for submission of nominations is July 31. The prestigious awards will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on October 28. The “Alumni of the Year” awards recognize and celebrate new paths taken by USAID alumni to provide service to their communities and improve the lives of others at home and/or abroad. There are impressive contributions among our alumni community waiting to be recognized. Don’t wait until the last minute to share those stories. All nominees, including the 2022 winners, will be featured in future editions of the monthly UAA newsletter. For full details about the awards and how to make nominations, please 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




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.  



Michener, Dorosh, and Esposito on

“The Impending Food Crisis”

On July 14, 2022, UAA’s Development Issues Committee hosted a discussion on “Impacts on Developing Countries of the Impending Food Security Crisis Exacerbated by Climate Change, the War in Ukraine and Supply Chain Issues.”  Discussion leaders were Mike Michener, Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, Paul Dorosh, Director of the Development, Strategy and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Dina Esposito, Vice President for Technical Leadership of Mercy Corps.

Click here for detailed notes on the discussion, including the Q&A period.  Click here for a YouTube video.  Click here for slides presented by Mr. Dorosh.



Covid-19’s Impact on Health Systems in Developing Countries

On Wednesday, June 1, 2022,  UAA’s Development Issues Committee sponsored a well-attended discussion on “Covid-19 and its Impact on USAID Health Programming and on Health Systems in Developing Countries,” featuring Dr. Atul Gawande, USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health and Javier Guzman, the Director of Health Policy and Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) as discussion leaders.

In his opening remarks, Dr Gawande noted that Covid-19 was a “wake up call” on the inadequacy of health care systems in many countries, including the United States.  The pandemic has been catalytic in introducing many innovations, including new ways of doing things for USAID. 

Javier Guzman noted that the past two decades have witnessed a “golden era” of global health in increasing access to health care in lower income countries.  At the same time, governments relied overly on foreign assistance, which can undermine domestic ownership and harm health systems development. 

A robust Q & A session followed the speakers’ opening remarks.  A more complete summary can be found here. and a video of the session here.



In Memoriam

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

Margie C. Jaspersen, David Shear, John Roy Oleson, Richard N. Blue, Jack Heller, Joanne Marie McPherson, Nimi Wijesooriya, Thomas Marr, Skip Kissinger, John Allen Bushnell, Phillis Oakley, Martin Forrester, and Frank Leo Gillespie.

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 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:, Attn: Development Issues.


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