Research Study on the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS) Program
USAID, through the U.S. Global Development Lab, has identified a need for more knowledge of the operations and leadership function of USAID during the Vietnam War, specifically in the implementation of the hearts and minds initiative known as the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support program – or CORDS. CORDS, one of the most successful US government interventions in conflict, was marked by interagency coordination and (while funded) significant successes in achieving its objectives.
Through executing an intensive research program and producing a comprehensive report based on the findings, ConDev is assisting USAID’s objective to learn more about the successes and failures of the CORDS program from a development perspective and from a whole-of-government perspective, in order to identify replicable components for future structure, programming and missions decisions.
This research project and comprehensive report will explore:
The CORDS program focused on stabilization and development in Vietnam during armed conflict and is therefore highly relevant to the current mission of the USAID/HESN Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University.
For more information on this research study, please contact ConDev’s Senior Advisor Anne MacDonald
Senior Advisor Anne MacDonald develops policies and partnerships that improve the lives of people in material poverty.