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

ical professionals - both here in Washington, and, crucially out in the field. That capacity also includes reclaiming the Agency's historical leadership in science and technology, enhancing its knowledge management systems, and improving its ability to engage with foundations, the private sector and civil society partners.

In addition, USAID professionals need to have the capacity to design long-term strategies that demonstrate how foreign assistance can achieve transformational results. Policy planning that assesses opportunities and determines priorities is a critical tool for a development agency. Equally important, but often missing, is program evaluation, including monitoring implementation, assessing impact, and applying lessons learned.

We also need to evaluate the efficiency of the Agency's delivery model. Every agency must find the right balance between internal capacity and external partnerships. But currently too many of our precious development dollars never leave Washington as a shrinking USAID has had to increasingly rely on contractors to manage programs. While some of these contracting relationships have proven to be effective and should be continued, we need to ensure that all of our programs are not only delivering measurable results, but are also being implemented in a way that builds long-term, local capacity.

These capacities must be built quickly to ensure we successfully deliver development results for the American people. In particular, we need to carry out effective development that addresses national security priorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq where the Agency's scale up must be executed quickly and effectively, and other priority countries such as Sudan.

In addition to these immediate priorities, President Obama and Secretary Clinton have launched major initiatives in global health and agricultural development. In both of these cases, USAID must take a leader
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