In Defense of Smart Foreign Assistance

   USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in Washington, January 7, 2010. [AP File Photo]

By Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

This week more than 2,000 government, civil society and private sector leaders have gathered in Busan, South Korea with one goal: to improve the quality and effectiveness of development aid.

The setting is especially significant; 50 years ago, South Korea was largely a country of peasant farmers. It was poorer than two-thirds of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa and its people barely lived past the age of 54.

Today, South Korea is a high-tech hub, a net donor and its people have some of the longest life expectancies in the world. South Korea also happens to be the seventh largest market for American goods; we sell more to the South Koreans than we do to the French. The free trade agreement President Obama recently signed with South Korea means we’ll be selling even more to Seoul in the future, leading to high-paying American jobs.

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Following the U.S. Delegation to HLF-4: A Guide to Our Message and Social Media

Cindy Huang serves as Senior Advisor to the Office of Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.

Greetings from Busan, Republic of Korea, where the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) is underway.

I’m joined here by about 2,000 delegates from governments, multilateral organizations, civil society and the private sector to assess the impact of our development dollars and chart an inclusive, sustainable, and effective course forward. In 2003, the world’s largest donors came together in Rome and eight years later, we’re meeting for the fourth time. It is particularly appropriate that HLF-4 is being hosted by South Korea, because 50 years ago it was an aid recipient, just emerging from a devastating war, and now it is a development donor. It’s a remarkable a story, and by improving the way we do business, we are working to help more counties join their ranks…Read More

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – From the left: Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; Raj Shah, administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development - USAID; and Ertharin Cousin, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, Italy. “It’s exciting to have a debate about aid and its effectiveness, not because aid is failing but because Africa is changing,” Blair said at the fourth high-level forum on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. “The United States will aggressively move away from contractors doing training days to more than triple direct investment in governments and civil societies in sub-Saharan Africa,” Shah said.

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – From the left: Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; Raj Shah, administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development - USAID; and Ertharin Cousin, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, Italy. “It’s exciting to have a debate about aid and its effectiveness, not because aid is failing but because Africa is changing,” Blair said at the fourth high-level forum on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. “The United States will aggressively move away from contractors doing training days to more than triple direct investment in governments and civil societies in sub-Saharan Africa,” Shah said.

Asia, the Americas, and U.S. Strategy for a New Century

William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary delivered remarks at the World Affairs Councils of America National Conference in Washington, DC on November 4, 2011.
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