Steve Radelet, the man who co-spearheaded the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review’s task force on aid effectiveness at the U.S. State Department, is assuming the post of chief economist at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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The announcement came in an internal USAID e-mail that Josh Rogin of “The Cable” blog obtained. According to the e-mail, the post “will help establish USAID as a global leader for innovative policy analysis, research, and implementation.”
The e-mail likewise called the position “new.” But a reader of Rogin’s blog pointed out that the position was last held by Colin Bradford. Bradford’s short biography at the website of the Center for International Governance Innovation, where he is a senior fellow, indicates that he served as USAID chief economist from 1994 to 1998.
As USAID’s new chief economist, Radelet, who will be part of the agency’s senior management team and will report directly to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, will have a four-part mission, according to the e-mail:
- Build USAID’s capacity in carrying out rigorous economic analysis, particularly macroeconomic studies.
- Develop a network of leading economic researchers and development economists.
- Cultivate a new generation of economists and research analysts at USAID.
- Render strategic and analytical support to USAID’s work in priority countries, and implement presidential initiatives and the presidential policy directive on global development.
Meanwhile, USAID announced Dec. 22 that the U.S. Senate had voted to approve the appointment of Paige Alexander as the agency’s assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia. The confirmation came three months after President Barack Obama made the nomination. Alexander was a former senior vice president of IREX, a global development nonprofit working with educators, journalists and community leaders in more than 100 countries.
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