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Event Name:The OECD/DAC and USAID: Shaping International Development Cooperation Over 60 Years
Event Type(s):Development Dialogue at DACOR
Speaker Program
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Over the past sixty years the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has played an important role in shaping an international consensus on development thinking. USAID has significantly influenced thinking within the DAC. This DACOR and UAA co-hosted program gathers three key leaders of this effort, bridging many decades of the DAC's work, to lead the discussion which will focus on DAC's role in advancing partnerships that give increasing prominence to local ownership and local context:  Richard Carey, former Director of the OECD Development Cooperation Directorate and co-editor of the recently published history of the DAC's first sixty years; Brian Atwood, former DAC Chair (2010-13) and USAID Administrator (1993-99); and Ambassador James (Jim) Michel, former DAC Chair (1994-99) and USAID Counselor(among many other senior AID and State positions). 

Brian Atwood is a Visiting Scholar for International Studies and Public Affairs at Brown University's Thomas Watson Institute for International Studies, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs where he was Dean from 2002 to 2010. He served as Chair of Global Policy Studies and Professor of Public Policy at the Humphrey School from 2012 to 2015. He was also the Chair of the University of Minnesota's Deans' council and a recipient of the University's Distinguished Service Award.

From 2010 to 2012, Atwood was the Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee.   Atwood was USAID Administrator from 1993 to 1999 and Under Secretary of State for Management prior to his appointment as head of USAID. During the Carter Administration Atwood was Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. In 2001, Atwood served on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations. Atwood was the first President of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) (1985 to 1993). He received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award in 1999. He was a career diplomat and also Dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute (1981-82). He has been a frequent contributor of editorials and opinion articles on foreign policy and development cooperation.

Richard Carey is a former OECD Director of Development Cooperation, supporting the role of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). During his career at the OECD (1980-2010) he led work on a wide range of development issues, including aid effectiveness, aid for trade, participatory development and good governance, policy coherence, development finance, conflict and fragility, security systems, tax and development, and technical cooperation and institutional development. He also led many DAC peer review teams on missions to examine the effectiveness of development cooperation programs of DAC member countries. He was closely involved in the 1996 OECD/DAC publication “Shaping the 21st Century: The Contribution of Development Cooperation” which launched the international development targets concept and in its subsequent translation into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He also led multilateral work, including on international debt statistics and multilateral system coordination. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor of the Accra-based African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), working on the modernization of infrastructure project cycles in Africa. He also chairs the International Advisory Committee of the China International Development Research Network (CIDRN). He is a member of the DAC History project and a coauthor of its product “Origins, Evolution and Future of Global Development Cooperation: The Role of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC)”. A New Zealand citizen resident in Paris since 1977, he holds a BA(Hons) degree from Victoria University of Wellington, with studies in economics and political science, and an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, specializing in international and public economics. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Victoria University in 2009.

James Michel is a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an independent consultant in development cooperation, specializing in support for democratic governance and the rule of law. During a long career of public service he was U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala and Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee. In the State Department he served as Principal Deputy Legal Adviser and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs. In USAID he was Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean and also Acting Deputy Administrator, Acting Administrator, and Counselor to the Agency. After leaving government service he was senior counsel to Tetra Tech DPK, an international consulting firm. He received his law degree (Juris Doctor, cum laude) from Saint Louis University.
Event Date:2/1/2022
Event Time:12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Eastern
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Brian Atwood

Richard Carey

Ambassador James Michel

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