Development in Vulnerable Environments (DIVE 1.0)

Speeches Shim

USAID cooperation with the Department of Defense (DoD) is an essential condition for the achievement of U.S. development and defense objectives. In order to achieve this, USAID and DoD must first have an understanding of and respect for each other’s roles and responsibilities, policies and strategies, and plans and programs. To advance shared learning, USAID’s Office of Civilian–Military Cooperation has developed a one-day course for U.S. military audiences called USAID DIVE 1.0:  Development in Vulnerable Environments.


The course is designed to provide an overview of USAID to a range of military audiences, however content is specifically tailored for those who may interact with USAID at the Combatant Command or field level.

Objectives and Methods

The central theme of the course is:  Development gains are critical to advance U.S. national security.  At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Demonstrate increased knowledge of USAID’s structure, mission and best points of contact to collaborate on planning and implementation.

2. Describe some of USAID’s key strategies, policies, and activities.

3. Identify the components of USAID’s Program Cycle and potential areas for cooperation.

DIVE features a mix of instructional methods, including hands-on, interactive exercises designed to build on DoD participants’ experience and fully engage them in the application of concepts presented. It also incorporates recent examples of USAID - DoD cooperation in the field as a basis for a capstone exercise that allows DoD participants to link exercise decisions to real-life outcomes.

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