Originally posted by Nicole Mlade on USAID Impact on May 5, 2011.

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If you’re wondering where we learned arithmetic, join us at the public meeting on May 13 and see why this equation makes sense. ACVFA—the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid—advises the administrator of USAID. Comprised of up to 30 members, ACVFA promotes a vibrant exchange of ideas between USAID and the non-governmental sector, and offers substantive input into the Agency’s work. Building on the advisory body’s decades of important work, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah is taking ACVFA to new levels. In recognition of the diversity of actors with a role to play in international development, Dr. Shah announced yesterday a membership comprising NGO, corporate, military, and academic leaders. (Think Google, Nike, and MIT.) ACVFA members will come together on May 13 to kick off their work on issues such as how the Agency can more effectively engage with universities. (Register now to participate.) “To generate innovative ideas for achieving global development results, we must collaborate with an increasingly diverse community of actors,” said the administrator. “The composition of ACVFA—which includes experienced practitioners and cutting-edge thinkers—will help us harness this opportunity.” ACVFA will convene on Friday, May 13, 2011. USAID invites members of the public and media to join the ACVFA meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the National Press Club Ballroom, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Register now!