Government Partnerships Prove Key to Growth in India and Burma
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah recently held a press conference on the organization’s progress in India and Burma. Thus far, he says, the results have been overwhelmingly positive. USAID has been working intensively with local governments in these two countries to support a strong culture of economic, medical and technological innovations.
In India, Shah reports that, “(USAID-local government) partnerships have attracted funding from Indian philanthropists and business leaders,” which is being utilized to develop new tests and treatments for tuberculosis, as well as a zinc-based medicine to help treat childhood diarrhea, a major factor in infant deaths around the developing world. Shah continued to say that India’s rising success has helped it to sustain some independent development relationships of its own. In 2010 it welcomed 200 African agricultural fellows to one of its major universities as part of a sustainable growth initiative.
In Burma, major headway has been made in terms of reducing preventable childhood deaths. This partnership, which includes the U.S. and Burmese governments, American pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson and a manufacturing company in Norway, a goal has been set to reduce the number infant death cases by 20,000 in 2015. According to Shah, the Burmese government has doubled its investment in preventative treatments in this area.
Technology is also a rapidly growing sector in the country. Computer science students in Rangoon have partnered with Cisco Systems to create a network of technological academies around the country; an effort that has attracted giants like Google and Hewlett-Packard to research investment opportunities for the growth of widespread affordable internet access in the region.
These two nations represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the positive potential of governmental and corporate partnerships in the developing world. USAID and Rajiv Shah have both expressed their devotion and excitement towards continuing this successful model in the future given its lasting impact on growth in recent years.