J. Brian Atwood
DAC Chair (2011-2012)
|J. Brian Atwood served as Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee from January 2011 to December 2012. Mr. Atwood served as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1993 to 1999 during the administration of President William Clinton. Prior to this, he led the Transition Team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management. During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. In 1981‐82, he was Dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute. From 2002-10, Mr. Atwood was Dean of the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Other prior positions include President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens International (1999-2002) and founding President of the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs (1985-1993). In 2001, he served on United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations.
Mr. Atwood joined the Foreign Service in 1966 and served in the American Embassies in Côte d'Ivoire and Spain. He served as legislative advisor for foreign and defense policy to Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (D'Mo) from 1972 to 1977.
Mr. Atwood received the United States Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and the President’s Award for Outstanding Service from the University of Minnesota in 2011.
Recent Speeches and Articles by the DAC Chair
- Launch of the Development co-operation report 2012: Lessons in linking sustainability and development (DCR), introduction by J. Brian Atwood, DAC Chair at the DAC High Level Meeting 2012, London, 4 December 2012
- "More than 50 years of ODA: Lessons learned and new approaches", opening debate of the Society for International Development Lecture Series, 4 October 2012 [Video]
- "ODA and Beyond: Setting the Framework", remarks for the Netherlands chapter of the Society for International Development, 25 September 2012
- "Creating a Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation", a paper prepared for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership Conference on “Creating Public Value in a Multi-Sector, Shared-Power World”, 20-22 September 2012
- Democracy and Development, remarks for the Open Society Foundation and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, 17 September 2012
- “Aide au développement: L’Allemagne et la Grande-Bretagne bien en avance sur la France”,
The Huffington Post, 20 July 2012
- “The Euro zone crisis and its impact on ODA”, speech for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 7 June 2012
- “The vital contribution of transparency to development effectiveness”, speech for Development Initiatives, 25 April 2012
Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
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