Farmer Out. Who’s Next for USAID?

On Monday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof used a blog posting to lament  that the Obama Administration’s vetting process led global health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer to  drop out of the running to be nominated as Administrator for United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Note to political watchers: Farmer was yesterday hired by former President Bill Clinton as Deputy UN Special Envoy for Haiti.

In the piece, Kristof writes, “if a saint like Farmer can’t get through, who can?”   That’s a good question.  We’re back at square one in the search for an Administrator, despite the fact that momentum for foreign assistance reform is growing.  A strong leader for USAID is needed now to be the lead voice for development in major foreign policy discussions by the Obama Administration.

Who should the next Administrator nominee be?  Kristof asks individuals to write in with their thoughts, and some of the suggestions are worth considering:

Dambisa Moyo 

Dambisa Moyo, author of the bestseller Dead Aid

 Anil Soni

Anil Soni, CEO, Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI)

George Rupp

George Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee

Daniel Pellegrom

Daniel Pellegrom, President, Pathfinder International

Richard Celeste

Dick Celeste, former Ohio Governor, former Peace Corps Director, and former U.S. Ambassador to India

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen Fund


Who do you think should be the next nominee for USAID Administrator, and why?

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