Andrew Natsios served as USAID administrator from May 2001 to January 2006. He was also U.S. special envoy for Sudan from 2006 to 2007 and vice president of World Vision U.S. from 1993 to 1998. Natsios, who is currently executive professor and director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government & Public Service at the Texas A&M University, has just written a soon-to-be-released book on foreign aid and international development.
The White House has unveiled plans to transform the Overseas Private Investment Corporation into a new United States development finance institution. But in an effort to "reduce redundancy," the administration has proposed stripping the U.S. Agency for International Development of one of its most valuable tools: the Development Credit Authority. Former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios and former USAID Assistant Administrator Eric Postel explain.
Last month, Devex launched a special feature on the history of USAID, focusing on the accomplishments and failings of the agency’s administrators through the years. In this guest commentary, former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios stresses that each administrator's performance is better evaluated in the context of the presidents who appointed them and their foreign policy.