Rajiv Shah

4 American labor leaders push to starve millions more overseas

The labor movement’s international solidarity with the poor only goes so far, it appears. It’s May Day, aka International Workers Day, and the largest confederation of labor organizations in the United States, the AFL-CIO, is celebrating it by pushing for changes in federal law that will serve the interests of…

0 Nation’s humanitarian-in-chief takes business-like approach

Writing for Foreign Policy, Samuel Loewenberg questions Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development and a former Gates Foundation program director, about the aid agency’s goal of becoming more “business-like” in its approach. Loewenberg, a global health fellow in Harvard’s Nieman program but more importantly (to us…

2 USAID’s Raj Shah’s five favorite books on development

Here, from The Browser, are USAID director Rajiv Shah’s top five books on development: 1. A Farewell to Alms by Gregory Clark. Shah says he likes it because of “its focus on core economic growth as the driver of divergence.” Not sure what that means. Guess I need to read…

0 Melinda Gates urges Congress not to cut foreign aid, to save lives

Melinda Gates, in Washington, D.C. today for the CARE Women’s Conference, called Congress not to cut foreign aid and also announced a new project, the Grand Challenge for Development: Saving Lives at Birth. The Gates Foundation is among those asking Congress not to cut foreign aid. The new initiative is…

4 Feds deny funding to UW health project in Mozambique

The Obama Administration says it wants to re-invent foreign aid and one of its mantras is to increase “country ownership” of the programs it funds for improving health and welfare in poor countries. Given this, it came as a shock to Dr. Stephen Gloyd and others at the UW’s Health…

0 David Rieff did NOT call Raj Shah a Marxist

Update / clarification on my earlier post in which I poked fun at an article that claimed Bill Gates has brainwashed the Obama Administration. In The New Republic article, the author David Rieff contends that Gates and his techno-fix minions at the world’s largest philanthropy have indoctrinated everyone in the…

0 Innovate to Stretch Foreign Aid Dollars

by Tom Paulson Rajiv Shah, director USAID Dr. Rajiv Shah, director of USAID for the Obama Administration, took time out of his family vacation to participate in a packed-house public forum Friday at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Cathedral focused on how to improve global development. Shah, a former program director on…

0 What Do Corporations Mean by Social Responsibility?

Most people know, or at least think they know, what the government means when it talks about international development. What about the private sector? Today, local business leaders meet to discuss development and corporate social responsibility — in advance of a Seattle visit this Friday from USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah,…