Foreign Policy quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the response by the US Agency for International Development toward the Ebola crisis and the decision of its director to step down from his role: 

Known for his bouncy demeanor and boundless enthusiasm, Shah’s tenure has been most notable for the dramatic changes made in how USAID delivers foreign aid — particularly in weaning Washington off of its dependence on large development contractors.

“Instead of simply doling out assistance, which has been the USAID model from day one, he tried to change it,” said Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center.


“I give him a lot of credit for that, especially in launching science contests that provide seed money for innovation,” said Pham.


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