The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) provides a blueprint for advancing America’s interests in global security, shared prosperity, and universal values of human dignity and freedom. As a joint effort of the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the review identifies major global and operational trends that constitute threats or opportunities, delineates priorities and reforms, to ensure our civilian institutions are in the strongest position to shape and respond to a rapidly changing world.
The 2015 QDDR builds on the foundation established by the 2010 QDDR to ensure that our civilian leadership pursues a process of persistent improvement. Secretary Kerry has asked for the 2015 QDDR to “be a blueprint for America’s success in this new world,” and “a product that guides a modern State Department and USAID and empowers our frontline diplomats and development professionals to get the job done.”
Drawing on input from a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, the 2015 QDDR lays out a plan for fully applying American civilian power to advance U.S. national interests as articulated in the 2015 National Security Strategy, and improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of our work.
Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom and Acting USAID Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt co-chair the 2015 QDDR, fostering a participatory process that engages State and USAID personnel, Congress, interagency partners, thought leaders, non-governmental organizations, the business community, and the American public. At the request of Secretary Kerry, Special Representative Thomas Perriello joined the Department in February 2014 to lead the second QDDR process.