2019 Development Agenda

7:30 a.m.     Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:00 a.m.     Opening Remarks
8:15 a.m.    

Coordinating U.S. Foreign Assistance
The Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (F) works on behalf of the Secretary of State and Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote strategic, coordinated and effective U.S. foreign assistance. In this session, F Director Jim Richardson will discuss F’s role as a nexus of policy, budget, and performance, with a brief presentation followed by questions from the audience.  

  • Jim Richardson, Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources at the U.S. Department of State
9:00 a.m.      Fireside Chat 
  • Adam Boehler, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
  • Cristina Mossi, CEO, Devis
9:30 a.m.       Networking Break
10:00 a.m.     USAID’s New Digital Strategy – What It Means For You   
The Digital Revolution unleashed new technologies and services and has given way to the promise of a digital world, spurring economic growth, improving health outcomes, and lifting millions out of poverty. While digital tools present immense potential to advance freedom and transparency, generate shared prosperity, strengthen inclusion, and inspire innovation, they also present significant risks to privacy and security through competing models of Internet freedom. USAID is developing the first ever Digital Strategy charting an Agency-wide vision for development and humanitarian assistance in the world’s rapidly evolving digital landscape. Chris Burns is the Director of USAID's Center for Digital Development, the office that led the creation of the strategy. He will present strategy highlights and the changes the Agency is proposing that will impact the implementing partner community. He will be joined in the Q&A portion by Michelle Parker, Senior Policy Advisor/CDD, who is responsible for managing the implementation of the Digital Strategy.

  • Chris Burns, Director the Center for Digital Development
  • Michelle Parker, Senior Policy Advisor in the Center for Digital Development, USAID
  • Moderator: Susi Mudge, President & CEO, Chemonics

10:45 a.m.     DDI: Working Better, Together
As part of USAID’s transformation efforts, a new Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation (DDI) has been created, and is in the process of being stood up.  While DDI will build much of its structure on the current Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), the new bureau is so much more.  Hear from a panel  of USAID officials as they discuss core DDI issues including Gender, the WGDP Initiative, Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, Private Sector Engagement, trade and financing for self-reliance.

  • Kimberly Rosen, E3 Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID
  • Julie Cram, E3  Deputy Administrator, USAID
  • Tim Meisburger, Director, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, USAID 
  • Moderator: Santiago Sedaca, Managing Partner, The Palladium Group

11:45 a.m.   Networking Break
12:00 p.m.     Closing Keynote
Mark Green, Administrator, USAID
12:15 p.m. Wrap-up