Rajiv Shah: Lessons I've learned on humanitarian aid

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah. Photo by: Eric Bridiers / U.S. Mission Geneva / CC BY-ND

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah assumed office in January 2010, one week before a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, a disaster from which the Caribbean nation is still reeling, casting a shadow of criticism on U.S. relief and recovery operations.

Now, faced with another major catastrophe in the case of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines — the scale of which is both historic and a likely sign of things to come as ocean temperatures increase and populations grow in coastal areas — Shah is tasked with coordinating a whole-of-government effort to help the former American colony recover from the devastation.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.