USAID’s Shah Says It’s Time to Rethink U.S. Approach to Global Poverty

Rajiv Shah USAIDIn an interview yesterday with Reuters, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah underscored the need for a new approach to development, saying the Obama Administration will be “calling for a really significant rethinking of how development is pursued.”  Citing this week’s important UN Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York, Shah stated that most of the goals would not be achieved unless countries adopted a new approach.  Shah emphasized local ownership, innovation, and greater accountability as principles driving the new U.S. approach to development, arguing “…simply reaffirming our commitment would not be enough if we were not fundamentally changing and innovating in the way we execute our work.”  He went on to say, “We are doing a number of things differently, not just as USAID but across the federal government. One, for example, is a reprioritization of economic-growth related investment in those places where we believe it’s most needed.”

Read the rest of the interview here.

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