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Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Administrator Designate Dr. Rajiv Shah December 1, 2009
Date:12/1/2009

abroad, we work in partnership with nations to ensure our efforts support country-led plans and priorities and build the local capacity for transformational change
  • Instead of tackling a large number of worthy but unrelated projects, we narrow our strategic focus to key areas that we can address comprehensively and for maximum impact.
  • Instead of taking on complex issues by ourselves, we coordinate with a cross-section of stakeholders--governments, foundations, civil society, and the private sector-- and better coordinate with other donors to ensure our collective efforts are mutually reinforcing.
  • Instead of engaging only in a bilateral manner, we understand and leverage the resources and reach of multilateral organizations.
  • Finally, it means sustained commitment to achieving long term results. This type of "focus-for-decades" approach has led to many of the breakthroughs we have seen in vaccinations, agricultural productivity, democratic governance, inclusive economic growth, and other aspects of human development.
  • Development is a discipline - and in many ways these principles reflect the best practices of that discipline.

    And like any discipline, development requires dedicated and committed career professionals in order to succeed. I have great respect for the talented professionals at USAID. If confirmed, I will do everything I can to champion the Agency, ensuring it is empowered, respected and well resourced. But in order to fully leverage and support their capacity to lead a 21st century development enterprise, we also need to create business processes that allow them to succeed.

    This starts with human resources, and I want to thank the Committee for its support in this endeavor, especially through the Development Leadership Initiative. USAID still needs to fill a critical shortage of experienced middle and senior-level managers as well as recruit additional highly-competent techn
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