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Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance

The Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance (DFA), Henrietta Fore, is charged with directing the transformation of the U.S. Government approach to foreign assistance. The Director holds a rank equivalent to Deputy Secretary and serves concurrently as USAID Administrator, ensuring that foreign assistance is used as effectively as possible to meet broad foreign policy objectives. As USAID Administrator, Henrietta H. Fore was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate on November 14, 2007.

Vision Statement

Ensure the strategic and effective use of foreign assistance resources to respond to global needs, make the world safer, and help people better their own lives by supporting programs that:

  • Advance human rights and freedoms;
  • Promote sustainable economic growth and reduce widespread poverty;
  • Promote and support democratic, well-governed states;
  • Increase access to quality education, combat disease, and improve public health;
  • Respond to urgent humanitarian needs;
  • Prevent and respond to conflict; and
  • Address transnational threats.

Mission Statement

On behalf of the Secretary of State and the DFA, the Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance:

  • Provides leadership, coordination and strategic direction within the U.S. Government and with external stakeholders to enhance foreign assistance effectiveness and integrates foreign assistance planning and resource management across State and USAID;
  • Leads strategic, operational, and performance planning of U.S. foreign assistance with a focus on aligning resources with policy priorities;
  • Develops and defends foreign assistance budget requests and allocates State and USAID foreign assistance funding to meet urgent needs and new opportunities and to ensure long-term sustainable investments; and
  • Promotes good stewardship of foreign assistance funds by strengthening oversight, accountability, and transparency.

Operating Principles

In order to achieve our vision and mission, our work will be driven by the following operating principles:

  • As public servants, we will be accountable to the American people for ensuring the effective use of foreign assistance resources by:
    • Prioritizing the allocation of resources to ensure that U.S. policy objectives are achieved;
    • Emphasizing a country-based focus for planning and programming resources that incorporates functional and transcendent needs and priorities;
    • Ensuring that resource allocations are informed by analysis of country and program performance;
    • Working with others in State and USAID to align program and operational resources; and
    • Carrying out our work with integrity in a transparent and coordinated manner.
  • We will be constructive and cooperative partners with our stakeholders by:
    • Respecting and calling upon the expertise of our colleagues;
    • Engaging where F has unique capacity or perspective;
    • Using our convening authority to bring stakeholders together to develop coordinated approaches to issues and challenges;
    • Continually working with our interagency partners to identify and act upon opportunities to improve integration and coordination of foreign assistance; and
    • Being reasonable and balanced in carrying out our work and in our interactions with others.
  • We will value our employees as our most important resource by:
    • Recognizing and rewarding collaboration, teamwork, and excellent performance;
    • Encouraging the positive exchange of ideas and perspectives; and
    • Fostering professional development through mentoring, training, and career advancement opportunities.


    Poverty and Development: Three Paradoxes
    Director Fore (May 9): "The longer you work in humanitarian assistance and development, the more striking some of its paradoxes become. Today I'd like to give you my thoughts on three of them." (read more)

    Foreign Assistance: An Agenda for Reform
    Director Fore (Feb. 1): "Today, I am going to offer you an aggressive agenda to modernize and revitalize foreign assistance." (read more)

    Fact Sheet: The U.S. and International Development--Partnering for Growth
    The United States is committed to helping the world's poor. Development depends on good, accountable governance and economic policies unleashing private sector growth. This updated fact sheet outlines the U.S. record in development assistance and provides a brief description of the various elements of the U.S. contribution to development, including the Millennium Challenge Account, PEPFAR and other health initiatives, relief and humanitarian assistance, and more. 

    FY 2008 Supplemental Appropriations Justification
    The White House formally submitted its second supplemental request to Congress.  The FY 2008 Supplemental Appropriations Justification details the emergency funding requested as part of the International Affairs budget.

    A New Consensus in International Development
    Under Secretary Fore: "Today, we are at the threshold of a new era. And in this new era we are just beginning to create what could be described as a Global Development Commons. A Global Development Commons would be a community of continuous and real-time exchange, collaboration, partnership and action between public and private donors, agencies, NGOs, host governments and civil society-all operating as equals." Full Text

    State/USAID Highlights Report:  
    This joint Highlights Report, prepared by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is a summary of the two agencies' 2007 performance, budget and financial information as well as a summary of their budget requests for 2008 and 2009.

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