SOURCE: International Relief and Development

International Relief and Development

November 30, 2009 09:27 ET

International Relief & Development Welcomes the Nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah as USAID Administrator

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2009) - International Relief & Development (IRD) welcomes President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Together with defense and diplomacy, development is an essential component of U.S. national security strategy. During these critical times, USAID needs a strong advocate who will elevate the role of global development within foreign policy and work toward a more appropriate balance among these three pillars.

Shah's leadership within the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation demonstrates his strong commitment to humanitarian and development assistance. His expertise in global health and food security will be central to addressing some of our world's most devastating issues, including HIV/AIDS, hunger, and poverty.

As the Administration moves forward on a Presidential Study Directive on Global Development, the U.S. State Department's Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and guidance for development and humanitarian work in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Shah has a unique opportunity to re-shape U.S. foreign assistance policy for years to come.

IRD looks forward to working closely with Shah as he provides direction for our nation's aid programs.

IRD is a non-profit humanitarian and development organization dedicated to improving the lives and livelihoods of the world's most vulnerable people. With the help of local groups and donors, IRD builds sustainable, community-based programs for health, agriculture, economic growth, infrastructure, and governance. IRD works in nearly 40 countries and specializes in conflict and post-conflict environments.

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