- The Washington Times - Friday, November 13, 2009

President Obama this week nominated Dr. Rajiv Shah to be administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which administers $20 billion annually in aid. Reaction was immediate, including commentary from the Washington-based nonprofit Bread for the Word, whose credo is “moved by God’s grace in Jesus Christ to work for justice for hungry people.”

The Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, said this about Dr. Shah’s nomination and USAID: “We are hopeful that Dr. Shah’s unique combination of knowledge about global health, agriculture and other issues will allow him to provide a strong and indispensable development voice as major decisions are made about U.S. foreign policy. Since he has lived in a developing country, he knows firsthand the importance of long-term, sustainable development - in contrast to the State Department’s typically short-term, political approaches. To allow Dr. Shah to do his job effectively, it’s crucial that a diminished USAID regains its authority, which has been severely eroded. The agency simply needs more muscle than it now has to accomplish its mission.”

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