3091 Science Diplomacy for Development at USAID

Sunday, February 20, 2011: 2:00 PM
143AB (Washington Convention Center )
Julie L. Kunen , U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC
USAID has a new vision for the role of science in development. USAID Administrator Shah has charged the Agency to deploy scientific insights and technological advances for better development outcomes and to engage scientific and technological communities both in the US and abroad in innovative partnerships. This new vision offers opportunities for scientists to engage in science diplomacy and help meet current and future development challenges. Elaborating on two examples of my experiences as a scientist at USAID collaborating with natural and social scientists in Guatemala and the Amazon Basin, I identify keys to success and some best practices for scientists who want to engage effectively in science diplomacy. Some of the lessons include “speak the policy language”, “embrace development goals”, and “link scientific research to outcomes policy experts care about.”