2013 Annual Letter

Earlier this year, in the State of the Union address, President Obama called upon us to join the world in ending extreme poverty in the next two decades. It was an extraordinary moment, as the President set forth a vision for one of the greatest contributions to human progress in history.

Today, I am pleased to share with you our third annual letter about the work our Agency does around the world to help answer President Obama’s call. For this year's letter, we’ve gathered a few examples that focus on the capacity of partnerships to maximize our impact and scale meaningful results. From partnering with small community banks in the Philippines to multinational agriculture companies in Tanzania, we are trying to change the way development works to achieve extraordinary goals.

We’re excited about our progress, but we also know we have far to go to make this new model of partnership a defining part of the way we work. I am eager to hear your thoughts, and I look forward to working with you to advance our mission and realize an end to extreme poverty.

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Rajiv Shah
USAID Administrator


Last updated: October 01, 2013

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