Dr. Raj Shah Speaks to SFS Students about the Politics of Foreign Aid

Part of the SFS Masters in Development Seminar Series

“Development experts in the future will have to understand the foreign policy decision making processes that define the world in which they live more effectively.” 

On Wednesday, January 25th, Dr. Raj Shah, SFS Distinguished Fellow and President of the Rockefeller Foundation, spoke to graduate students at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service about the history of foreign assistance, its merits, gaps, and future trends.  He touched on such subjects as the politics of aid, food assistance, global health the role of private sector in global development, and the concept of scientific philanthropy. Dr. Shah closed his remarks by giving advice to Georgetown students on their professional career before receiving a few questions from the audience.

The SFS Masters in Development Seminar is an initiative co-sponsored by the Master in Global Human Development and the Master of Science in Foreign Service International Development Concentration. The seminar series features leading development professionals and allows students across the university to discuss contemporary issues pertaining to their field of study.

Note: this video contains only a portion of Dr. Raj Shah's presentation and student Q&A.  To view the remaining 40 minutes, please click here.