Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)


The First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR):
Leading Through Civilian Power

The joint Department of State and USAID Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) (pdf, 3.1mb) is a sweeping assessment of how the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) can become more efficient, accountable, and effective in a world in which rising powers, growing instability, and technological transformation create new threats, but also new opportunities.

The QDDR provides a blueprint for elevating American "civilian power" to better advance our national interests and to be a better partner to the U.S. military. Leading through civilian power means directing and coordinating the resources of all America's civilian agencies to prevent and resolve conflicts; help countries lift themselves out of poverty into prosperous, stable, and democratic states; and build global coalitions to address global problems.

Civilian power is the combined force of civilian personnel across government and civil society. It is the power of diplomats in 271 missions around the world, development professionals in more than 100 nations, and experts from other U.S. government agencies working together to advance America's core interests in the world

In addition to the QDDR, the QDDR Addendum is located here.

Last updated: March 17, 2014