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  • 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!



10th Annual UAA Summer Picnic

  • Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Place:
    • Fort Hunt Park, Site B-001
    • 8999 Fort Hunt Road (off George Washington Memorial Parkway)
    • Alexandria, VA 22308

Per the email announcement sent on July 30, we will repeat our successful covered-dish lunch, with participants bringing dishes to share. We will provide nonalcoholic beverages and water, table covers, paper goods, cups and plastic flatware. Please bring your own wine and beer — and some to share. The area has a liquor license, but for wine and beer only.

Please bring one dish sufficient for 6 to 8 people. If you have a special dish, that would be great. Otherwise, please bring a dish (with serving implement and labeled with your name) according to the following categories:

  • People with last names beginning A through D, a salad or side dish.
  • People with last names beginning E through M, a main dish.
  • People with last names beginning N through R, an appetizer.
  • People with last names beginning S through Z, a dessert.

The parking lot is a very short stroll to the sheltered picnic area, so we will proceed rain or shine.

Covid Requirements: Since this is an outdoor event, masks are not required. Participants are requested to be fully vaccinated/boosted, and you are encouraged to do an at-home covid test before the event.

Directions: Fort Hunt is South of Alexandria and just north of Mount Vernon.

  • From I-395, take exit 10B for the southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway.
  • Merge onto the parkway and continue for about 12 miles.
  • Turn right onto Fort Hunt Road.
  • Continue to Fort Hunt Park.Follow signs to Site B-001.

In order for us to have adequate water and soft drinks available, please let us know by Friday, September 2, that you are coming and how many adults and children you are bringing as guests (limit 2 per member).

Please sign up by clicking here.


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




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.



In Memoriam

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

Townsend Smith Swayze, 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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