Video On Demand

The Reorganization of U.S. Development and Soft Power Agencies

March 30, 2017 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

How to Think About the New Administration's Proposals and What Reorganization Should Look Like

On March 30, 2017, PPD will convene a panel to discuss the various proposals to reorganize and reform U.S. soft power and development bureaus.  Over the years, lawmakers, critics, and proponents, and thought leaders have periodically suggested adjusting the structure and authorities of the various U.S. government agencies.  It is likely the new administration will seek one of the largest reorganizations in memory.  

Preceding the panel conversation, we will have a brief keynote address from former USAID administrator, Andrew Natsios.

This event will focus on how to best reorganize U.S. soft power, the most important reforms, principals to guide such a reform, past failures, and the complicated political relationship between the executive and legislative branches that create an onerous and bureaucratic process resulting in structural mistrust.  Many strategies for reorganization have been proposed since the creation of USAID in 1961.  Now, our distinguished panel will discuss past reorganization attempts, how to learn from historical errors, and the path toward future reforms.

We look forward to hosting you on Thursday, March 30.  NOTE: If you plan on attending the virtual webcast, an RSVP is not necessary.
Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development
Former Administrator, US Agency for International Development
Former Vice President, Department of Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Senior Associate, CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development
Former Acting Deputy Administrator, USAID, and Affiliated Expert, the Lugar Center