USAID 50 Anniversary – A Letter from Dr. Rajiv Shah


Since 1987, USAID has initiated HIV/AIDS prevention programs in 32 countries.

April 1, 2011

Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy wrote a letter to Congress that called for the creation of the Agency I am now privileged to lead—USAID, the United States Agency for International Development.

Having witnessed the devastation the Second World War caused in Europe—and the success the Marshall Plan had in rebuilding it—President Kennedy argued that advancing opportunity and freedom to all people was central to America’s domestic security, comparative prosperity and national conscience.

I wanted to commemorate President Kennedy’s letter by writing one of my own, describing our Agency’s work to the millions of Americans who care deeply about overcoming global poverty, hunger, illness and injustice.

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Download the entire USAID 2011 Annual Letter

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