Ending Extreme Poverty: Alex Thier, Assistant to USAID Administrator

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building 37th and O St. NW, Washington , D.C.

Georgetown University’sMaster of Science in Foreign Service Program,Global Human Development Program,
and the
Mortara Center for International Studies
 are pleased to co-host
“Ending Extreme Poverty – A Story of Trajectories and Choices"
A presentation by Alex Thier, Assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday, 29 January 2015 from 5:30 to 6:30pm in the Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building. 
The event is open to the public. Please RSVP.Refreshments will be provided.
In two successive State of the Union addresses, President Obama has called on us to tackle one of the greatest challenges: to end extreme poverty by 2030. Our only hope for achieving this goal is by working together with our partners – both in the United States and around the world – to adopt an integrated, holistic approach that leverages our investments in critical areas of development. And while we acknowledge that ending extreme poverty will not be easy, progress and gains already achieved over the past couple of decades have made us certain that it is possible. As the global community coalesces around this goal—a central emphasis of the post-2015 Development Agenda—USAID seeks to increase shared understanding of the nature of extreme poverty, where there has been success and why, and what we are already doing and will need to do differently to catalyze and invest in global solutions. Triumphing over extreme poverty will happen with dedicated effort by the entire development community – governments in developing countries, donors, civil society, a diverse set of private sector actors, and individual citizens in the United States and around the world. People like you!Alex Thier is USAID’s assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). The PPL Bureau is USAID’s center for policy development, strategic planning, learning and evaluation, and partner engagement. From June 2010 to June 2013, Thier served as assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan affairs, overseeing USAID’s two largest missions in the world. Before joining USAID, Thier served with the U.S. Institute of Peace as senior rule of law adviser and director for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2005 to 2010. While at the Institute, he co-authored “The Future of Afghanistan” (2009) as well as “The Next Chapter: The United States and Pakistan,” the 2008 report of the Pakistan Working Group. Thier previously served as director of the Project on Failed States at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law. From 2002 to 2004, he was legal adviser to Afghanistan’s Constitutional and Judicial Reform Commissions in Kabul. An attorney, Thier was a Skadden fellow and graduate fellow at the U.S. National Security Council’s Directorate for Near-East and South Asia. He received the Richard S. Goldsmith award for outstanding work on dispute resolution from Stanford University in 2000. Thier has a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.To learn more about USAID and ending extreme poverty, please visit: www.usaid.gov/ending-extreme-poverty

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