Shah Heads to Africa

Rajiv Shah, seen here meeting with a local in the quake-hit Haitian town of Petit Goave, will be in Kenya and Sudan this week for his first trip to Africa as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Photo by: USAID

Rajiv Shah embarked May 12 on his first official trip to Africa as U.S. Agency for International Development administrator.

The six-day visit will bring Shah to Sudan and Kenya, where he will engage with staff and officials of USAID and U.S. country and regional offices. Overall, Shah’s agenda covers the development and progress of the Global Health Initiative and Food Security Initiative as well as U.S. regional and bilateral investments in health, agriculture and democracy and governance.

In Kenya, Shah will discuss development priorities with senior government officials and U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger. He will also tour one of the USAID sites implementing GHI.

In Sudan, Shah will visit Darfur to confer with internally displaced people’s camp leaders, local civil society representatives, and U.N. humanitarian, peacekeeping and development teams. He will also go to Juba, the regional capital of Southern Sudan, to launch a five-year, USD55 million food agribusiness and rural markets program. He will also meet with the region’s government officials.

Shah will post updates of his Africa trip on USAID’s new blog, IMPACTBlog.

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