Rajiv Shah unveils new USAID evaluation policy, previews other contracting reforms

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Photo by: U.S. State Department

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah on Thursday (Jan. 19) unveiled several new procurement reform initiatives — some of them effective immediately — that are meant to boost the monitoring and evaluation of field projects and more closely scrutinize especially the government’s larger implementing partners.

The move is part of the Obama administration’s ongoing quest to win public and congressional support for turning USAID, an agency that has been widely criticized for being overstretched and underfunded, into an innovative enterprise that leverages more investment from partner countries and the private sector than it relies on outside contractors and consultants.

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