IN PERSON: The U.S. national security strategy is based on defense, diplomacy and development. Development assistance — foreign aid — refers to how the U.S. partners with developing countries to fuel economic prosperity and improve citizens' quality of life. We will learn about the foundations of development assistance and its management by Foreign Service Officers of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The instructor will demonstrate how taxpayer dollars promote equity and inclusion to achieve results also beneficial to the U.S. Lectures and visuals will draw on real-world examples from the instructor's experiences in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Interactive sessions will emphasize how empowering women and focusing attention on youth and marginalized groups can help achieve major results in the program areas of humanitarian assistance, economic development, family health (e.g., reduced infant mortality), infectious diseases, democracy, education and the environment. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 24.
Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705
Susan Brems draws on a 40-year career in development assistance, 25 of them in foreign service with the U.S. Agency for International Development. She retired as a member of the Senior Foreign Service. Brems lived and worked in multiple developing countries, spending 10 years as a health officer, followed by 15 years in senior management. She earned a Ph.D. in social change and development and a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.