In this edition of Missing Pieces, Charles Landow highlights stories from three developing regions, as well as Washington, DC. Enjoy!
- USAID’s Changing Approach: Several articles illustrate the advance of business-oriented thinking at USAID. First, in an interview with ForeignPolicy.com, Administrator Rajiv Shah says his goal is “to make sure that when we’re spending taxpayer resources, we’re doing it with that absolute focus that we are making an investment against generating a result.” Meanwhile, a recent section of USAID’s Frontlines magazine focuses on public-private partnerships. Agency official Maura O’Neill writes that for sustainable development gains, “crafting effective public-private partnerships is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.” Interestingly, for all the enthusiasm, Harvard professor Jane Nelson says in the magazine that “remarkably little research has been done on assessing the ‘return on investment’ of partnerships.” For more, see Isobel Coleman’s interview with Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg. Read more »