Bush Years: Demoralized USAID

Former U.S. President George W. Bush gained praise for his aid programs in Africa. But he is probably not a revered figure among U.S. Agency for International Development staff, suggests Laurie Garett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Reforms. The Bush years, according to Garrett, saw the de-professionalization and demoralization of USAID as contractors did most of the foreign assistance work, leaving the agency with a mere oversight role.

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  • David Lepeska

    David has served as U.N. correspondent for the newswire UPI and reported for several major newspapers, including the New York Daily News and Newsday. He was chief correspondent for the Kashmir Observer in Srinagar, India, and regularly contributes to the Economist, among other publications. Since 2007, David has reported for Devex News from Washington, New York, as well as South Asia.