Implementing the reforms outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review will require personal input from all State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development employees, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told her staff in a Jan. 4 memo.
Clinton identified improving the way the State Department does business as one of the department’s priorities in 2011. Implementing the QDDR would be intergral to this aim, she said.
“I am confident that the QDDR, which we released last month, has charted a course for achieving those goals. But it is only a blueprint for change. Each of us has to help make it real,” Clinton wrote in the memo, which was published in full by Josh Rogin in “The Cable” blog.
Citing the QDDR’s suggestion of tapping expertise and skill sets from other government agencies and the private sector, the secretary urged her staff to actively partner with government agencies and private sector actors in their work as well as to reflect on changes they can personally contribute to improving the department and USAID.
In her memo, Clinton also reiterated the U.S.’s commitment to helping developing countries achieve the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and pledged to continue strenghtening U.S. bilateral and multilateral ties.