Rajiv Shah plans to leave the U.S. Agency for International Development in mid-February 2015 after five years of service as administrator.
In an article published Wednesday on USAID’s website, Shah described the agency’s work to help reduce poverty and conflicts as well as promote economic development and national security programs globally.
“As we ensure a smooth transition in leadership, I am more confident than ever in the lasting effect of our work to enrich lives and change our world for the better,” he stated.
He says the organization has helped address nutritional deficits in approximately 12.5 million children and improve the income status of almost seven million farmer families through the Feed the Future program.
USAID has also supported the Power Africa initiative to drive sustainable energy generation in sub-Saharan Africa and the No Lost Generation program to increase educational access for Syrian children, according to Shah.
He added the agency invests in many technology ideas and innovation competitions through its U.S. Global Development Lab.