Patrick Fine

In 2021 Patrick Fine joined Brookings Institute as a Nonresident Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, in the Center for Sustainable Development


3D illustration of a compass with needle pointing the word local.In early February 2024, Patrick published an insightful article with Brookings on USAID’s policy of Localization – how to make development more locally led.  The article analyzes the challenges of effectively partnering with local organizations due to structural and political factors controlling how USAID is funded and managed. [3-24]


Prior to that Partick worked as the Chief Executive Officer of FHI 360, a non-profit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. 


Before joining FHI 360 in 2013, Patrick served as the Vice President for Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped to shape non-traditional approaches to U.S. bilateral assistance through his oversight of large-scale investment partnerships with 24 countries. From 2006 to 2010, he was Senior Vice President of the Global Learning Group at the Academy for Educational Development (AED).


As a career member of the Foreign Service at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Patrick served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau and Mission Director in Afghanistan, where he led the rapid expansion of U.S. assistance for reconstruction and development.


Patrick began his career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, where he gained a first-hand appreciation for the importance of integrating issues such as education, health, economic development and governance. His experience living and working in a rural African community continues to inform and inspire him today. Patrick is a frequent speaker on international development and in 2017 is hosting a podcast series, A Deeper Look, which uses the Sustainable Development Goals as the foundation for wide-ranging conversations with journalists, government officials, business leaders, policymakers, practitioners and courageous citizens around the world.  




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