USAID maintained approach to civilian foreign assistance to Pakistan: Director

Karachi: Administrator of United States Agency for International Development USAID Rajiv Shah says “even though there are ups and downs in what is a complex and important relationship with Pakistan, we have maintained our programs that allow hundreds and thousands of kids in Pakistan to get an effective secular education when they otherwise would not.”

“In order to be efficient, effective and generate results, we know that we have to be consistent and take long view with our aid and foreign assistance programs. Pakistan is good example where even though there are ups and downs in what is a complex and important relationship, we have maintained an approach to our civilian foreign assistance. We have maintained our commitment to children to make sure they get vaccines and immunizations.

“We have maintained our programs that allow hundreds and thousands of kids in Pakistan to get an effective secular education when they otherwise would not.
Those are important things that need to be constant and can help see us through difficult times.” Rajiv told Forbes India in interview.

USAID Director said “In Pakistan, certainly, we have maintained that on behalf of civilian assistance program. There are periods in our history we have learned from in post-war environment when we pulled all aid and engagement out of Pakistan and that proved to be highly ineffective, or what happened in
Afghanistan after Mujahideen where we just stopped supporting schools, stopped supporting health, and we saw disastrous consequences of that.”

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