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


  • New!  On Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST, the UAA Development Issues Committee will hold a Zoom discussion on “Localization of Development Assistance and its Implications for USAID Programming”.  Our guest discussion leaders will be Ambassador Donald Steinberg, Expert Advisor to the Administrator of USAID, where he focuses on expanding locally-led development, Nathalie Africa, Chief of Staff to the Africa Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Betty Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Financial Sector Deepening Zambia. Bios of Steinberg and Wilkinson are linked here.  The event will be open to all UAA members who have made a contribution to the UAA in 2021 or 2022. Please register for this event no later than COB Monday, January 24, 2022, by clicking on the following link


  • New! On Tuesday, February 1, 2022 there will be a UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue entitled “The OECD/DAC and USAID: shaping international development cooperation over 60 years.” This DDD will feature a conversation between three highly experienced leaders: Richard Carey (from Paris), former Director of the OECD Development Cooperation Directorate and co-editor of the recently published history of the Development Assistance Committee’s first sixty years; Brian Atwood, former DAC Chairman (2010-13) and USAID Administrator (1993-99); and Ambassador James (Jim) Michel, former DAC Chairman (1994-99) and USAID Counselor (among many other senior AID and State positions).  A link to sign up will be sent out soon.


  • New!  JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL WINTERFEST!!  UAA alumni are invited to bring their spouse or a guest to the eighth Annual Winterfest, our casual late afternoon gathering to get us through the remainder of the cold winter weeks. Join us and enjoy seeing and chatting with old friends and colleagues. This is a free event for UAA members and those eligible to become members.
    Date:   Sunday, February 20, 2022
    Time:   4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (in-person gathering at the Almaguers);  5:00 to 6:00 p.m. (virtually join the event)
    Location: Residence of Frank and Antoinette Almaguer in Vienna, Virginia. Specifics will be provided along with confirmation of sign-up for this event. Coordinates for Zoom access will also be provided to all who register prior to the February 20th event.
    Covid Requirements: In-person attendees must be vaccinated/boosted and wear masks while indoors except when eating/drinking.
    Dress: Totally Casual
    RSVP: Please send acceptances, no later than Monday, January 24.
    Click here to register for in-person participation.
    Click here to register for virtual participation.
    If the weather threatens, the snow date is Sunday, February 27. Also, if the pandemic worsens, the Winterfest will be held virtually only via Zoom. Those who have RSVP’d will be notified by email. You may also check the UAA website for any change in plans.



Administrator Power’s Vision for USAID


U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power has laid out her vision for the agency — one focused on increasing local partnership and participation and making development more inclusive of marginalized groups.
The goal is to make USAID not only an agency of “international development” but of “inclusive development,” she stated in a speech Thursday, November 5th at Georgetown University. The address, which took place before an in-person crowd and was streamed to thousands online, was Power’s first major speech as Administrator.  The three key pillars of the new strategy, Power said, are to make aid more accessible by diversifying the types of partners USAID works with, more equitable by focusing on the needs of those who are most marginalized and incorporating their voices, and more responsive by better listening to partners in the countries where the agency works. 



Note from the UAA Board

Video of the October 29 UAA Annual General Meeting


On Friday, October 29, the USAID Alumni Association held its Annual General Meeting 2021.  Click on this link to see a video of the entire AGM, including:

  • a fascinating conversation with the USAID Administrator Samantha Power;
  • a panel discussion led by CGD’s Amanda Glassman, focused on strengthening health systems and building resilience in response to the Covid pandemic; and
  • a 45 minute Q&A with John Norris, author of the USAID history The Enduring Struggle. 
  • UAA Alumni of the Year awards presented to Jonathan Addleton and Neil Levine.

A video with observations from the field in India by UAA member Madhumita Gupta is available on this link.  The video was not shown during the COVID panel session due to a technical glitch.



USAID at 60

AFSA Programs and Events



  • The November Foreign Service Journal cover stories focussed on USAID at 60, including a Q&A with USAID Administrator Samantha Power and a look at USAID’s evolution by John Norris, author of the new book The Enduring Struggle: The History of the U.S. Agency for International Development and America’s Uneasy Transformation of the World. AFSA USAID Vice President Jason Singer offered thoughts on the anniversary in his extended column in AFSA News.
  • Also, on their social media channels, AFSA is sharing articles, promoting USAID anniversary events, and posting facts and graphics highlighting the work of USAID as part of the commemoration. They encourage members to repost our social media messages and/or craft your own, use the hashtag #USAID60, and tag AFSA. If you don’t yet follow AFSA on social media, it’s a great time to start now! Twitter, Facebook, and AFSA LinkedIn and FSJ LinkedIn.

  • Please email with any questions or for more information.




“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.) There are already two events in which John Norris talked about the book — at the ADST Diplomatic Lunch on July 29th and at a UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue on September 15th; his next event will be at the UAA Annual General Meeting on October 29th.  There will no doubt be other events scheduled, including a UAA Book Club discussion. Alumni with suggestions for events that will popularize the book and/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.



           “Combating Corruption: Democracy Summit Follow-Up”: 

Larry Garber and Shannon Green



On January 7, 2022, at the year’s first UAA/DACOR Development Dialogue, Shannon Green, Senior Advisor to the USAID Administrator and Executive Director, USAID’s Anti-Corruption Task Force, in conversation with UAA’s Larry Garber, gave a terrific account of her office’s remarkable level of activity in the seven months since it was created. Their discussion highlighted “Combating Corruption: Democracy Summit Follow-Up”but also much more as AID seeks to raise anti-corruption work to a much higher level of importance than ever before, implementing a major initiative of President Biden and A/AID Samantha Power. Watch the full program, including the Q&A period, by clicking on here.  




In Memoriam

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

Eugene Nathaniel “Tony” Babb, Dwight Ink, Alan Donovan, Carol Joan Mills, Edwin Thomas Chapman, Ludwig “Lu” Rudel, Herbert N. Miller, John F. Hicks Sr., Rufus C. Phillips III, Charles James Stockman Jr, Gloria Halm, Jenkins E.W. Cooper

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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