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Sidebar on Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)

Bureau of Resource Management
November 15, 2010


In July 2009, Secretary Clinton announced the Department of State’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). The QDDR is a comprehensive effort to identify the capabilities needed to strengthen and elevate diplomacy and development as key pillars of the national security strategy, alongside defense. Recommendations will establish how to improve the Department and USAID capabilities, operations, alignment, and planning.

“The QDDR will help us create short-term and long-term blueprints for advancing our foreign policy objectives and enhancing coordination between USAID and the Department, a crucial element of exercising Smart Power.”

Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton

The goal of this first-ever QDDR process is to guide the United States to agile, responsive, and effective institutions of diplomacy and development, including: transitioning from approaches no longer commensurate with current challenges; leveraging the full range of American policy tools and resources; measurably impacting global progress in security, prosperity, and well-being; preventing and responding to crises and conflict; and providing strong, flexible management platforms to support institutional objectives. The QDDR will set institutional priorities and provide strategic guidance as frameworks for the most efficient and effective allocation of resources. It will also, among other things, offer guidance on how the Department and USAID should update methodologies, deploy staff, add new tools and hone old ones, and exercise new or restored authorities. The QDDR is scheduled for release by the end of 2010.

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