US seeks experts for new Global Development Council

    The United States is looking for up to 12 qualified individuals to be part of an expert group that will advise President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials on global development issues and policies.

    Obama signed Feb. 10 an executive order creating the Global Development Council, which is expected to include leading members from civil society organizations, and the private and philanthropic sectors. Establishment of the council was among the priority points identified in the global development policy directive unveiled by Obama in September 2010.

    The council seeks up to 12 individuals from U.S. nongovernmental organizations, universities, civil society groups and other sectors outside the federal government. Interested applicants can submit their credentials to Interest_GDC@who.eop.gov before Feb. 24.

    The Global Development Council will be administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development. It will also include the secretaries of State and Treasury, the USAID administrator and the Millennium Challenge Corp. CEO as nonvoting members.

    Aside from advising the U.S. government on development policies, the council is expected to support ongoing and new public-private partnerships. It is expected to promote development awareness by soliciting public input on global development challenges as well.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.