Shelly Esque is Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs Group and Director of Corporate Affairs of Intel Corporation
As part of USAID’s 50th Anniversary, the Agency is celebrating Public-Private Partnership Week October 17-21, 2011 to highlight the mutual benefit that development and business have in establishing public-private partnerships (PPP) and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Global Development Alliance (GDA) program.
Five years is a milestone. I remember my first five years at Intel and the intense period of learning it entailed—learning a new organizational culture, the language of Intel, and how to get things accomplished in a new environment. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Intel is about to celebrate our 5th year anniversary working together. As I reflect back on what we’ve accomplished since we signed our MOU in 2006—I’m overwhelmed by how much we’ve learned. We’ve successfully built off our differences, leveraged our strengths, developed our relationship, learned a mutual language and accomplished more than we could have imagined when we started.
Intel has a global vision to create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth. When we came together with USAID five years ago, we had extensive discussions recognizing the value of what coordinated joint efforts could achieve for development and our mutual goals of bringing technologies to reach “the next billion.” USAID has significant expertise in development issues like education, agriculture, and health, as well as deep on-the-ground local knowledge through its 80 country offices. This coupled with Intel’s core competencies in innovation and technology solutions enable us both to have far-reaching impacts on economic and social development.