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Rajiv Shah

Dr. Rajiv Shah serves as the 16th Administrator of USAID and leads the efforts of more than 9,600 professionals in 80 missions around the world. Since being sworn in on Dec. 31, 2009, Shah managed the U.S. Government's response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; co-chaired the State Department's first review of American diplomacy and development operations; and now spearheads President Barack Obama's landmark Feed the Future food security initiative. He is also leading “USAID Forward,” an extensive set of reforms to USAID's business model focusing on seven key areas, including procurement, science & technology, and monitoring & evaluation.

Homepage: http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/rajiv-shah

Health and Development in Southern Sudan

This afternoon we visited two sites where USAID, together with community groups, is helping improve health in Juba. Sudan is a top U.S. government foreign policy priority; we need this country to be on a stable, peaceful path, which in turn is crucial to regional security.  Ultimately this means transitioning from humanitarian assistance to long-term […]

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A Visit to Otash Camp

An early a.m. flight brought us to Juba in south Sudan. We swapped planes at the airport and headed straight for Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. After arriving, we met up with the World Food Programme (WFP) and visited an IDP camp called Otash. USAID, through the WFP and its NGO partners like World […]

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Making Every Vote Count

Today we visited an innovative, biometric voter registration site designed to strengthen the electoral system ahead of the August constitutional referendum. With support from USAID, Kenya’s Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) is using the latest technology — webcams, thumbprint scanners and light-weight printers, all solar-powered so they’re not reliant on the grid — to protect […]

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Visit to Mbagathi Hospital

We’re concentrating intensely on health issues in Kenya. President Obama’s ground-breaking Global Health Initiative (GHI), which is soon to be rolled out in 10 countries, is getting under way here. Yesterday, we met with interagency colleagues and USAID mission staff from across Africa and dug into the details on important implementing issues. It was a great […]

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All Hands in Kenya

I just came from an energizing all-hands town hall meeting with Kenya’s USAID and State Department staff. I also had the chance to visit a small group of our dedicated Foreign Service Nationals, Kenyans employed by the Mission. These professionals comprise roughly half of our workforce. They are the core of this Agency and the key to what we do. […]

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Silicon Valley in the Savannah

We had a great start to our day in Nairobi — we met an inspiring group of Kenyan media and technology entrepreneurs who are the driving force behind Kenya’s blossoming technology community. Silicon Valley, watch out. This group of entrepreneurs is forging the next frontier in digital media and mobile based technology. From mobile banking […]

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Packing for Africa

I’m packing for Africa; I’ve been many times before, but this will be my first trip there as head of USAID. In both Kenya and Sudan I’ll focus on the development and progress of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative and Food Security Initiative, while gaining a deeper understanding of U.S. bilateral  and regional investments in agriculture, […]

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