Tuesday, November 10, 2009

USAID Nomination: Sets Stage for PPP?

President Obama nominated Dr. Rajiv Shah as head of USAID. Dr. Shah is the former executive with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. How might Dr. Shah work with his former employer?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared her vision of working with private groups and individuals. Her husband runs the Clinton Global Initiative, a foundation intent on leveraging the private sector to solve world problems.

Giants of philanthropy gathered in New York in May. Rumors suggested big donors could name their project and get matching taxpayer dollars. Is Dr. Shah the man to implement such a "public-private partnership" plan, hiding behind the modernization euphemism? It's hard to turn around without tripping over a pile of PPP's.

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