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Glossary of Terms Used for USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS) - Updated 07/15/2011 Partial Revision

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Detail

The temporary assignment or loan of a direct-hire employee to an outside organization, or within USAID, without change of position from that held in USAID and - or the temporary assignment of non-USAID personnel to USAID, with the expectation that the employee will return to the official position of record upon the expiration of the detail (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418 and 432).

Detention

The penalty paid by the charterer for delay of a vessel beyond the contracted terms (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 314).

Development Actors

USAID has recently expanded its concept of development actors to include the full range of organizations both public and private who seek to achieve improvements in society. These groups can include private sector companies, foundations, universities, philanthropic leaders, multilateral organizations, faith-based membership organizations, and ethnic diaspora sending money home to their country of origin (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Development Alliance

(See public-private alliance).

Development Assistance Committee (Dac)

The committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that deals with development cooperation matters (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 221).

Development Credit Authority (Dca)

Authority that permits USAID to issue partial loan guarantees to private lenders to achieve the economic development objectives in the Foreign Assistance Act.

Development Environment

This term refers to an isolated network, machine or other environment where development and testing takes place with out the possibility of harm to any production system.

Development Experience

The cumulative knowledge derived from implementing and evaluating development assistance programs. Development experience is broader in scope than lessons learned, and includes research findings, applications of technologies and development methods, program strategies and assistance mechanisms, etc (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 540).

Development Experience Clearinghouse

The Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, Center for Development Information and Evaluation, Development Experience Information Division (PPC - CDIE - DI). office which acquires, processes, and disseminates, on demand, intellectual materials which describe the planning, design, implementation, evaluation, and results of USAID development assistance activities (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 540).

Development Experience Documentation

Documents which (1) describe the planning, design, implementation, evaluation and results of development assistance and (2) are generated during the life cycle of development assistance programs or activities (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 540).

Development Experience System

A collection of databases providing access to USAID produced or funded development experience documents and descriptions of USAID development assistance activities (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 540).

Development Hypothesis

A narrative description of the specific causal linkages between Intermediate Results (IRs) and an assistance objective (AO). That are expected to lead to the achievement of the AO. The hypothesis is based on sound development theory, knowledge, and experience within the context of a specific AO. Generally, the term refers to plausible linkages, and not statistically accurate relationships (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Development Information

The corpus of published literature, unpublished gray literature, statistical data, current awareness information, knowledge bases, etc. which document, describe, measure, and communicate the methods, technologies, status, performance, results and experience of development practices and activities by the international development community and local, indigenous development practitioners (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 540).

Digital Signatures

A digital signature is produced by two mathematically linked cryptographic keys, a private key used to sign, and a public key used to validate the signature. A digital signature is created when a person uses his or her private key to create a unique mark on an electronic document. The recipient of the document employs the person's public key to validate the authenticity of the digital signature and to verify that the document was not altered subsequent to signing. Digital signatures are often used within the context of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in which a trusted third party known as a Certification Authority (CA). binds individuals to private keys (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Diplomatic Pouch

A sealed container documented and marked according to the requirements of Vienna Diplomatic and Consular Conventions and the Department of State (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 513).

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