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Blog Examines Next Steps For USAID’s Focus On Eradicating Extreme Poverty

Noting USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah last week delivered a speech at the Brookings Institution on eradicating extreme poverty, Beth Schwanke, senior policy counsel at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in CGD’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy” blog, “Shah’s speech primarily focused on the big picture of what [an] increased focus on eradicating extreme poverty would take, including an emphasis on public-private partnerships coupled with recipient country reforms, increased efforts in fragile states, and a renewed emphasis on resilience.” She adds, “Now that Shah has laid out his vision, I hope we’ll hear from him and others in the coming months precisely how USAID will work to end extreme poverty … And I’ll be listening for far more specifics on how USAID will work with other partners, from USG agencies, to the [multilateral development banks (MDBs)], to country partners, to private enterprise” (11/25).