Shah, in an interview last month with The Washington Post about dealing with Ebola in Liberia, said he had political aspirations but didn’t know what he’d do when he was done at USAID.
Under Shah, USAID – which had long been criticized for funding projects overseas that didn’t do what they promised – started leveraging private business and moved away from using U.S. contractors in favor of shoring up local initiatives in developing countries. It’s a move that drew him praise from some and criticism from others.
“These are nothing but rumors,” a USAID spokesman said, when we asked him about Shah’s plans. “Dr. Shah remains just as committed today to USAID’s important work and mission as he was five years ago when he began an ambitious reform agenda that has led to better, faster, and more cost effective solutions to end global poverty on behalf of the American people.”