Bibliography – USAID Program Histories

Isaacson, Joel M., Christa A. Sherry, Kerry Moran, and Kay M. Calavan. (2001). Half-a-Century of Development: The History of US Assistance to Nepal 1951-2001. Washington, DC: USAID.

ISBN: unknown


{An earlier version of this document – a history from 1951 to 1991 – by Sherry, Moran and Calavan is also available.

Maguire, Liz.  Advancing Reproductive Choice:  Leading with Conviction and Compassion A Memoir. (2020)

In Advancing Reproductive Choice, Liz Maguire chronicles her 45-year career helping women and girls in developing countries make their own reproductive decisions freely and safely and build a better future for themselves and their families. Maguire highlights the critical work of the organizations where she held leadership positions and her rich and varied experiences in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including during her 22 years at USAID.  She discusses the challenges ahead in ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, exacerbated by COVID-19, and calls for accelerating the global fight for reproductive and social justice. Maguire also recounts her adventures living in Europe and exploring intriguing places around the world. She concludes with reflections on core values, leadership, and mentorship. Throughout her memoir, Maguire conveys what is possible in life and leadership with passion, perseverance, compassion, optimism, and continuous learning.

Liz Maguire worked for 45 years in the international sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) field. Her senior leadership positions included serving for 16 years as CEO of Ipas, a global non-profit dedicated to advancing access to family planning and safe abortion care in developing countries, and as Director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health.  Her multiple awards include USAID’s Distinguished Career Service Award, the Population Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Public Health Association. Maguire has served on numerous boards of international organizations and is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of leaders. She received an M.A. in Sociology and Demography from Georgetown University. A multilingual U.S. and Irish citizen, Maguire has lived in England, France, and Italy, and has travelled to 85 countries. She currently divides her time between Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Nice, France.

Muscat, Robert J. (1990). Thailand and the United States: Development, Security, and Foreign Aid (Studies of the East Asian Institute). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

ISBN: 978-0231071444

This important book comes at a time when the U.S. Congress is considering some of the first significant changes in aid legislation since 1973; it deserves to be read by all officials involved in revising that legislation. The author, formerly chief economist for the Agency for International Development, has written a balanced empirical case study of the impact of the U.S. aid program to Thailand. The program’s most important success, Muscat points out, was in helping the Thais to develop the institutions essential to economic development. These included at least 13 major educational institutions as well as 29 key bureaus and departments in the Thai government, plus a number of private organizations such as the Institute of Population Studies, the Industrial Finance Corporation and the Institute of Management Education. Beyond its success in documenting the effectiveness as well as the weaknesses of the U.S. aid program, the volume also provides a thorough study of the past 40 years of Thai-U.S. relations. Robert J. Muscat is a former chief economist at USAID.


A study of USAID Assistance to Brazil: 1961-1974. Checchi and Company, 1986.

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This report provides a broad review of the operations of AID in Brazil from 1961 to 1974, including background on the development of the program prior to 1961. …The study focuses on the character and intent of AID operations, and on their results.

Merrick, Tom, Jerker Liljestrand and John Pielemeier., June 2000. USAID Support for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs in Brazil.  Poptech # 2000.175.

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USAID was the pioneer donor in providing family planning assistance in Brazil from the late 1960s until the program officially closed in September 2000. Remarkably, USAID remained the largest donor in this sector throughout this period.

Summary Report: USAID Support for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs in Brazil. PRB November 2000.

Available at  20 page summary of the full report.

Harvard Institute for International Development and the Korea Development Institute.  The Modernization of Korea – 10 volumes.

Sponsored and funded by USAID, these studies involved many people who had worked for USAID. The series was subsequently expanded to include 8-10 more volumes covering Korean development up to recent times. The summary volume had as lead author Edward S. Mason who was the chair of the USAID Administrator’s Advisor Panel in the 1960s when David Bell was the USAID Administrator.

USAID, USAID’s Legacy in Agricultural Development: 50 Years of Progress (2013)

Throughout its history, USAID has been at the forefront of agricultural development. This account USAID’s legacy in this area reviews, documents, and preserves a record of USAID’s achievements in agricultural development, highlighting best practices, challenges, and lessons learned.

This volume was primarily compiled by Phil Steffan, a USAID Agriculture Officer and is available on USAID’s website here.