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Sidebar on The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review


Bureau of Resource Management
Report
February 24, 2012

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In December 2010, the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), developed under the leadership of Secretary Clinton, was completed and disseminated to the Department of State, USAID, and their stakeholders as a blueprint for elevating American “civilian power” to advance U.S. national interests and to better partner with the U.S. military. One year later, the recommendations made in the QDDR are being implemented to improve the effectiveness of the Department and USAID in four broad areas:

  • Adapting to the diplomatic landscape of the 21st century
  • Elevating and modernizing development to deliver results
  • Strengthening civilian capacity to prevent and respond to crises and conflict
  • Working smarter to deliver results for the American people

In FY 2011, significant achievements by the Department of State were made in the following areas:

  • Preparation for the stand-up of the new Bureau of Counter­terrorism, created to expand our capabilities to address terrorism issues and allow more effective coordination with other agencies, as well as establishment of the new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, aimed at preventing conflict, saving lives, and building sustainable peace
  • Improving oversight and accountability on interconnected issues through establishing the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, as well as repositioning the existing Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs into an Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
  • A heightened focus on addressing the challenges of meeting our future energy demands through the establishment of a new Energy Resources Bureau to develop a new oil diplomacy strategy as well as alternative energy technologies that reduce our carbon footprint over the longer term
  • Increased management effectiveness through cost efficiencies, improved service quality, and consolidation of administrative services; empowering ambassadors as CEOs in their respective Missions; and focusing on results through strengthened strategic planning, budgeting, and performance management processes
  • Expanded use of connection technologies to solve diplomatic and development challenges and for engaging with foreign publics
  • Fostering whole-of-government approaches to strengthen efforts by our partner countries to develop effective, sustainable, and accountable security and justice systems
  • Improved use of economic pressure through the targeted use of economic sanctions and threat finance policy and practices

Under the leadership of Administrator Shah, the ambitious USAID Forward initiative is supporting QDDR implementation through:

  • The strengthening of USAID’s development policy and strategic planning capabilities which place evidence-based policy-making at the core of decision making
  • Implementation and procurement reform that is deepening local civil society and private sector capacity and making more extensive use of partner government systems
  • An evaluation policy considered a “model” by the American Evaluation Association that requires evaluations to be unbiased, transparent, and consistent with sound methodological standards
  • An Office of Budget and Resource Management that allows the Agency to align resources against country strategies, make difficult trade-offs, and re-deploy resources toward programs that are demonstrating meaningful results
  • Recruitment and retention of high-quality development professionals and having them work on the Administration’s top development priorities
  • Bringing game-changing innovations to scale by deepening USAID capacity and engaging thought leaders from throughout the world while building new capabilities such as Development Innovation Ventures
  • Establishment of a new Office of Science and Technology (S&T) and first full-time Science and Technology Advisor to leverage S&T to address development needs more cost effectively and rapidly

 




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