U.S. Development Aid in the New Nation of Timor Leste – a Grizzled Development Officer Is Surprised by Optimism

As the first representative of the US AID effort in Timor Leste, at the birth of its sovereignty, Rick Scott will discuss the programs he instituted. With a blank slate upon which to write he was able to attempt new and creative approaches. His long experience in development and crisis management equipped him to make the most of this opportunity. His experience in virtually all other parts of the world, from southern Africa to Central Asia, equips him to comment on many of the current situations where U.S. policy is being sharply tested.”

Mr. Scott, a graduate of Wausau High School, became interested in international development as a young man following reports of the killer tsunami that struck Bangladesh in 1970.  The tsunami flooded almost the entire southern part of the country, including the island of Bhola. From a comfortably-off family, Rick – like many idealistic young people, and especially youth of that era in American history – always wanted to help people less fortunate.  The tsunami’s dramatic destruction of millions of lives, however, propelled him towards the field of international development.

In 1990 Rick began a career with USAID.  He and his wife and two children lived in Morocco, Russia, and West Bank/Gaza. After his children went on to college, Rick and Pam served in Ethiopia, Liberia, Timor Leste, and Washington DC.  Rick served without his family in Afghanistan.  He served as USAID Mission Director in Timor Leste and as Acting Mission Director in Liberia.  In Washington he directed a regional office covering USAID missions and programs in East Asia, and after that a regional office for Southern Africa.  Since retiring in 2014, Rick returned to serve in Kabul where he managed an office of 80 professional and administrative staff.  Further consulting with USAID since returning from Kabul in December, 2015 took him to Eastern Europe earlier this year.


5:30 pm – Doors open for registration and hors d’oeuvres
6:00 pm – Presentation

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