Rajiv Shah Hints at September Release of US Foreign Policy Review

One of the Obama administration’s ongoing reviews of U.S. development policy will possibly be released some time in September, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah reportedly said during an international development event in Seattle, Washington.

An Associated Press report of the event, attended by other international development experts and officials, cited Shah as alluding to the release of a report on U.S. foreign assistance and programs, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network observes in a blog post.

MFAN says the report Shah was alluding to is most likely the PSD-7, which intends to initiate a comprehensive policy assessment of U.S. international development policy and its organization capacity to address counter-terrorism and homeland security.

“There are no plans to consolidate that work, Shah said, but the administration is concerned about efficiency and transparency and growing the reach and effectiveness of foreign aid. A report on these efforts is due within the next month,” the AP report stated.

As Devex reported, Shah has previously indicated that the PSD-7 will released ahead of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which is being spearheaded by the Department of State.

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