USAID Chief Rajiv Shah Talks about Partnerships, Innovation, and More
Jun 19 2012
In an interview in Forbes, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discusses the Agency’s commitment to cultivating public-private partnerships that produce substantial development results. Together with philanthropic organizations, corporations, governments, and multinational organizations, USAID is setting ambitious goals and taking on some of the world’s greatest development challenges.
According to Shah, “We need to be bold in how we think about partnering, and not be afraid to set audacious goals for what we can achieve when we work together, as such audaciousness is what can inspire new partners to take action.”
Shah also highlights a number of USAID’s game-changing partnerships, including the Agency’s work with:
- The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) to strengthening the cocoa sector in West Africa;
- MTV Exit, a social marketing campaign to fight exploitation and human trafficking;
- Helping Babies Breathe, an alliance to improve survival rates among the 10 million babies every year that require help to breathe immediately after birth;
- The Skoll Foundation to identify high-impact entrepreneurs who have demonstrated innovations and sustainable business models that are ready to scale; and
- G8 nations, African countries, and private sector partners through the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security, a commitment to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained agricultural growth.