On September 22, 2010, President Obama signed a Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, the first of its kind by a U.S. administration.

The directive calls for the elevation of development as a core pillar of American power and charts a course for development, diplomacy and defense to reinforce and complement one another in an integrated, comprehensive approach to national security.

The Department of State plays a central role in achieving the goals of the PPD. The Secretary of State has responsibility for ensuring that diplomacy and development are effectively coordinated and mutually reinforcing in the operation of our foreign policy. In support of the PPD and the National Security Strategy, the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, released in December 2010, proposes steps to strengthen our diplomatic and development capabilities to better meet our foreign policy goals. The QDDR provides the blueprint for our diplomatic and development efforts by aligning policy, strategy, authorities, and resources.