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QDDR coming out next week, despite rollout SNAFU

We know we’ve said this before, but the State Department promises that it is really, truly, honestly preparing to roll out its first ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review next week, probably on Dec. 15. When we last spoke to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah,  in October, he said the release would come that month. The ...

We know we’ve said this before, but the State Department promises that it is really, truly, honestly preparing to roll out its first ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review next week, probably on Dec. 15.

When we last spoke to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah,  in October, he said the release would come that month. The release date was then pushed back until Nov. 15, then Dec. 1, then Dec. 15. The final interagency approval is still pending, but the State Department is committed to getting it done and releasing the document next week, multiple State Department sources confirmed to The Cable today.

Some in the development community were confused this week after invitations for a Dec. 16 QDDR rollout event were sent out on the afternoon of Dec. 9, and then subsequently the event was put on hold the morning of Dec. 10. The Dec.16 event was to feature speeches by State Department Policy Planning chief Anne-Marie Slaughter (who is leaving Washington soon to return to Princeton University) and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg (yes, both State and USAID have a deputy named Steinberg).

The rollout will come next week, but the USIP invite simply jumped the gun, our sources report. We’ll believe it when we see it. For a sneak peak at a draft of the QDDR sent around last month, click here.

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