Challenges Face New USAID Administrator, But Better Data Available To Inform Decisions

Devex: Answering the next great challenges in international development
Aaron Williams, executive vice president of the International Development Group at RTI International

“U.S. foreign assistance programs help developing nations improve the health, education, and economic conditions of their citizens, and in so doing build a more prosperous and secure world. … As a new [USAID] administrator takes the reins, there is no shortage of rising challenges vying for his or her attention. … USAID and its implementing partners are now utilizing more and better data to not only track results, but more thoroughly analyze what’s working and what isn’t. … While the challenges before us are great, our ever-improving capabilities to understand and respond are reasons for optimism for the next USAID administrator and all of us” (3/9).