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Sex, Hypocrisy and Development

Sex, lies and developmentThe sudden resignation on Friday of Ambassador Randall Tobias, the first U.S. director of foreign assistance, stunned staff at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department and left the administration’s beleaguered aid reform effort without a leader.

Tobias Resigns: What Next for Foreign Aid Reform?

Today at 4:00 p.m., Randall Tobias officially resigned from the position of Director of Foreign Aid and Administrator of USAID for "personal reasons." In the wake of this news folks are left wondering why he resigned and what happens to the foreign aid reform agenda he just launched. There appear to be two camps emerging on the "why". Given the fact that very close aides to Tobias say they were shocked, -- including Deputy USAID Administrator Jim Kunder who, in his email to staff says, "today I received shocking news..." -- one camp believes it is truly very personal.