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UAA Calendar

 Mark your calendars and watch for emails announcing further details of the following events!


Save the Dates for UAA Events in 2022!! 

  • Thursday, April 28, 12:30 -2:00 pm EDTPOSTPONED! — The UAA Development Issues Committee virtual discussion on “Covid19 and its impact on USAID health programming and health systems” led by Mr. Javier Guzman of the Center for Global Health Policy Program  planned for Thursday, April 26, 2022 has been postponed.  A new date will be sent when the discussion is rescheduled at a later date.  The rescheduled event will be open to all members who have made contributions to the UAA in 2021 or 2022.
  • REVISED — Virtual Only!  Friday, May 20, 2022 — 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Development Dialogue (Virtual). Aaron Williams, a founding member of the UAA, spent 22 years in USAID, was a Peace Corps Volunteer and was the Director of the Peace Corps. He has recently published his memoir, A Life Unimagined — The Rewards of Mission-Driven Service in the Peace Corps and Beyond. A large number of us know Aaron, but few of us know his background and how he became the man we know. Aaron will be joined in conversation by our colleague Ambassador Jim Michel.  Unfortunately, this DDD will only be virtual. Click here for the announcement with further details. 
  • Extended Registration Opportunity Coming!  Watch this space!  Thursday, May 26, 3:00 – 5:30 pm ET — Join us for this afternoon UAA Spring Reception, to be held in both an in-person and virtual setting, to help us “Spring forward” from the two-year covid pandemic to celebrate Spring and beyond.  Bring your partner or friend, or come by yourself, to join a pleasurable get-together with other UAA members.  In deference to covid concerns, DACOR requires that all visitors must be fully vaccinated.  When registering for in-person attendance, you are requested to attest that you and your guests are fully vaccinated. DACOR no longer requires that its visitors wear masks indoors; thus, wearing masks is optional for the UAA garden reception.  RSVP: Please send acceptances to attend no later than Saturday, May 14 (to be extended to May 21).  Click here to sign-up to attend in person (when updated).  Click here to sign-up to participate virtually (via Zoom).  Those who have registered for the reception will receive UAA instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting a few days before the May 26 Spring reception.  We hope you will join us for this special social occasion in a lovely garden setting with food and drinks for all.  This event is free of charge to UAA member and their spouse or partner.
  • Sunday, September 11, 12:00 – 3:00 pm ET — The UAA Summer Picnic will again be held at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria, VA.
  • Friday, October 28, an in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) is planned to be held 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.  If the pandemic situation forces us to revert to a virtual meeting, we will let you know later in the year.  Stay tuned for further updates on topics and sessions under development for the meeting.(More information will be provided when confirmed)



Immediate Detail Opportunity under an FSO Recall Appointment:

Liaison to State Department

Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts (CARE)

Retired FSOs who are interested in serving for 1-2 years on a recall appointment as USAID liaison to the State Department Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts should reach out to Sheila Samuels and cc Diane Moore at These positions are not in USAJOBS but are being recruited privately, including through UAA, from among former USAID senior employees (FS-1 or GS-15 and above).

For details, see this site’s “Jobs & Volunteers Opportunities” page.



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

Funds for Ukrainian FSNs:  For those UAA members looking for a concrete way to support our colleagues, we wanted you to know that an FSN Emergency Relief Fund has recently been established. Given the extraordinary scale of the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine, the Department of State has created a Ukraine-specific account of the FSN Emergency Relief Fund, which will be used to provide immediate and direct support to all of our FSN colleagues. As you may recall, this is the Department of State’s official charitable mechanism to provide disaster assistance to all local employees of all U.S. government agencies and is funded entirely by voluntary private contributions both from within and outside the U.S. government.  The Ukraine FSN Relief Fund Committee, which includes representation from USAID Management and USAID FSNs, will oversee this effort. Contributions to the Fund are completely voluntary. They can be made via check or credit card. All donations to the Fund are tax-deductible and can be made by Civil Service, Foreign Service, FSN, and contractor staff, as well as the public. 

Donations can be made via the following methods:

  1. Secure online donations:  Donors can use to make secure online electronic donations to the FSN Emergency Relief Fund. Payments can be made here directly from your bank account or by credit or debit card. In the comment box on the donation form, please indicate that your donation is for the Ukraine FSN Emergency Relief Fund.
  2. Checks:Please send checks to: Department of State Gift Fund Coordinator M/EDCS, Room 1821, 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC 20520.  Make checks payable to the U.S. Department of State and indicate “Ukraine FSN Emergency Relief Fund” in the memo field.
  3. Cash donations overseas:  Cash contributions in dollars or local currency can be made through your embassy or consulate cashier.

Funds for the People of Ukraine:  The DACOR Bacon House Foundation Development Office has compiled ways to support the people of Ukraine based on advice from well-connected Ukrainian-Americans, including the entities listed here.  In-kind support is also possible through AmazonSmile.

Thank you for supporting our colleagues. Please feel free to share this email with others, including those contractors who may have worked with the USAID Mission in Ukraine. The information is also posted on our website landing page



April 7th “Virtual” Retirement Ceremony for SFS/SES 2017-2021 Retirees


By all accounts, the April 7th “virtual’ Retirement Ceremony honoring over one hundred SFS/SES 2017-2021 retirees, was a resounding success. Over 400 retirees and USAID staff participated in the webinar. Administrator Samantha Power spoke (from Moldova, bordering Ukraine) in the Ceremony, as did Deputy Administrator Paloma Adams-Allen, new Assistant to the Administrator for Human Capital & Talent Management Adetole Abiade, and our own UAA Board Members Anne Aarnes. Ten SFS/SES retirees, well balanced among men, women, gender and diversity, shared their thoughts on their most memorable moments with USAID and on why USAID remains important. Chat rooms re-connected hundreds of colleagues from around the world.

This long overdue service recognition Ceremony effort, co-led by Tom Nicastro of our Membership Committee and Jim Bever of our Board, was a result of strong UAA initiative and welcoming Agency endorsement, bringing to fruition yet another feature of our UAA-USAID MOU together. UAA’s co-hosting of the ceremony built upon over six months of intensive effort at all levels between UAA and USAID. UAA will continue to support the desire by USAID senior officials to reinstate the Retirement Ceremony as an annual affair and to open it up to honor all levels of FS and GS retirees in the future. Please click here to view the event .



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. 



Note from the UAA Board


The news of the passing of Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, saddened us all. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to dominate the news and our attention. Check the UAA website Bulletin Board for several obituaries for Secretary Albright and items concerning USAID’s response to the invasion and the assistance needs of Ukrainian FSNs.
With USAID and other like-minded organizations, UAA is exploring ways that USAID retirees might help Ukrainian foreign service nationals (FSNs); stay tuned for recommendations. UAA continues its support for Afghan FSNs, alerting them to job fair opportunities and providing on-going mentoring as many now make the transition to life in the U.S.
As mentioned in our note last month, the UAA Board met with USAID’s Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources on March 4. Our agreement to meet quarterly has resulted in follow up meetings scheduled in June and in September. The Board also continues periodic meetings with the Acting Director of HCTM, Peter Malnak.
Keep an eye out for communications regarding the regional chapters, presentations on key development issues, work groups and committees, and the spring reception. We expect that an increasing number of events will be hybrid: both in-person and virtual. All events will be tailored to follow public health guidance and to protect the safety and health of all. We strongly urge everyone to get boosted and hope to see you at UAA events!



“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 DevtJohn 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 and/or generate reviews should send their suggestions to Alex Shakow at



UAA Public Outreach



On March 31, 2022, UAA’s Jim Bever spoke to a group of 40 “Road Scholars” in Washington, DC, on the importance of US foreign assistance and USAID. This is one of a planned series of talks that AFSA has requested UAA to conduct. Road Scholar is a non-profit that since 1975 has been creating experiential learning opportunities for “lifelong learners” (😊), previously under the name Elderhostel.  Jim has scheduled future talks in June.



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.  



Frank Vogl on “Authoritarian Kleptocracy —

Western Complicity and Rising Threats to National Security”



On April 20, 2022, the UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue heard a forceful and timely presentation by Frank Vogl on “Authoritarian Kleptocracy – Western Complicity and Rising Threats to National Security.” Vogl, former World Bank official and international journalist, is the author of The Enablers – How the West Supports Kleptocrats and Corruption – Endangering our Democracy. Vogl focused on these widespread and complex issues and on actions currently being taken by AID and others — and what more is needed. Click here to hear the hour-long program, including the Q&A period.


In Memoriam

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

Hugh Sheridan (Sher) Plunkett, Lewis F. Smith, James Rowland Lowe, Jr., Peter Bennett Davis, John W. Tucker, Frank Leo Gillespie, Martin Forrester, Phillis Oakley, John Allen Bushnell, Skip Kissinger

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

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:, Attn: Development Issues.


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