U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah has confirmed that the findings of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review will be released this month.
“The Secretary [of State Hillary Clinton] said 30 to 60 days, but well inside 30 is my guess,” Shah said in an exclusive interview with Josh Rogin of “The Cable.” “We had hoped to have it out by the end of September, but we’ll have it out soon.”
The “near-complete” drafts of the QDDR report had been forwarded to Clinton but were then sent back to the staffs for revisions due to “lingering disputes over how authorities were being divided up,” according to “The Cable.”
“We’ve sat down and we’ve made decisions across a range of issues, including how to elevate development, include some modern diplomacy aspects, including procurement and human resource reforms, and including how we do complex crisis response,” Shah said. “It’s back in the hands of those writing it up.”
Shah said recent reforms at USAID including the establishment of a new policy bureau and a new budget office forms part of what the QDDR report is set to announce.
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“We’ve rebuilt our budget and policy groups, and having a strong, accountable, and responsible USAID is a major deliverable of the QDDR,” Shah said. “For USAID, [the QDDR] is pretty consistent with the reforms we are already putting in practice.”
For the State Department, however, the impact of QDDR in terms of organizational issues is not as clear, Rogin reports.
“For example, the office for the coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization (S/CRS) will continue to exist but will not be designated as the lead State Department agency for crisis response,” he notes.
Rogin adds: “[D]espite National Security Presidential Directive 44, which directs the secretary of state to lead and coordinate government-wide reconstruction and stabilization efforts with the aid of S/CRS, we’re told that the QDDR won’t give the office that role.”
The issue is said to have caused friction between the State Department and the White House, according to Rogin’s sources.
“The QDDR is a State Department process but still needs to be cleared through the interagency process, and [Gayle Smith, of the National Security Council] is said not to be satisfied with the level of involvement State is giving to other agencies as it finishes the review,” Rogin writes.