Save the Children Commends USAID Administrator Shah for His Long-Term Service to Ending Extreme Poverty

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 17, 2014) — Save the Children received today's news of USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah's decision to step down from his post in the new year with bittersweet emotions. For the past five years, Administrator Shah has been dedicated to promoting child survival, fighting hunger, advancing food aid reform, and combatting some of the world's most pressing emergencies, from the humanitarian crisis in Syria, to the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, to the earthquake in Haiti. He has also pioneered several innovative approaches to development with an emphasis on country ownership and accountability.

"I have personally known Raj for several years, and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his unwavering commitment to the world's most vulnerable children," said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children USA. "While his imminent departure is certainly sad news, Administrator Shah has laid a solid foundation for ending preventable maternal and child deaths and extreme poverty once and for all."

Administrator Shah will remain the head of USAID until mid-February 2015. A successor, as of yet, has not been named.

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