David Shear

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"He had a 22-year career with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and held such responsible positions as USAID Mission Director in Senegal; Director of the West Africa and Sahelian Affairs Office in Washington among others.He has also worked with many other donors, including FAO, IFAD, OPIC, the development organizations of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Mr. Shear was a Senior Advisor to the OECD.

"Mr. Shear's work with the United Nations Foundation has included successfully initiating the New Nigeria Foundation at the request by former President Obasanjo. He is currently engaged with the United Nations Foundation in assisting the Friends of the Global Fund organizations in Japan, Europe and Africa". [1]

David Shear "has 40 years of experience in development planning and management, including direct involvement in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His work covers the full spectrum of development activities: region-wide macroeconomic development, country development strategies, country budget planning, project design and implementation, private investment and evaluation.

"During a 22-year career with the Agency for International Development (AID) he held such responsible positions as USAID Mission Director in Senegal; Director of the West Africa and Sahelian Affairs Office in Washington; Regional Director for West Africa, Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Director of Planning, Budget and Congressional Affairs for the Africa Bureau in Washington.

"After retiring from AID in 1984 with the rank of Career Minister, Mr. Shear served as the Washington Director of the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training, working with the World Bank, AID, and the UNDP. He has also worked with many other donors, including FAO, IFAD, OPIC, the development organizations of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He has lived in Nigeria, Tanzania, the Ivory Coast and Senegal.

"Mr. Shear was a Senior Advisor to the OECD. He was also a member of the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School in Public and Business Administration at Princeton University for eight years where he taught graduate seminars on development planning, project management and evaluation.

"In addition to his current responsibilities as Senior Consultant at Strategic Partnerships, David is the Chairman of the Jane Goodall Institute. Mr. Shear joined the Board of the Jane Goodall Institute in 1997 and became Chairman of the Board in 2002." [2]

David Shear's CV


Mr. Shear is a leading technical and managerial expert specializing in international development issues. He has over 35 years of experience in development planning and management, including over 30 years of direct involvement in Africa and Asia. He has extensive experience in the full spectrum of private investment and economic development activities, including region-wide macroeconomic planning, country development strategies, program planning, and project design, implementation, and evaluation. He has experience working in China, Eastern Europe, Russia, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Middle East and over 20 African countries. He has had substantial success in aid coordination, with particular emphasis upon World Bank, UNDP, FAO, the U.K., France, and Germany. David Shear has lived in Nigeria, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, and Senegal. Mr. Shear was a visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Princeton University for eight years.

Mr. Shear played a leading role in establishing Citizens International, LLC and Citizens International Development Foundation which has pioneered public-private sector partnerships in Africa.


In addition to his being a founding partner of Citizens International, Mr. Shear is also the Chairman of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). Since assuming that position in 2002, Mr. Shear has helped the Institute grow from an annual budget of $4Million in 2003 to over $17Million in 2008. The financial reserves of the Institute have more than doubled during that period. This growth has been achieved through the establishment of a new strategic and business plan, the professionalization of the JGI staff, the substantial broadening of its donor base to include major international development agencies and significant growth of its African programs. While guiding the organization through this reorganization and growth, Mr. Shear has also enjoyed the strong support of JGI founder, Jane Goodall.

Architect and Planner of the New Nigeria Foundation which was created at the behest of President Obasanjo of Nigeria. In three years the Foundation under Mr. Shear’s guidance has leveraged a founding grant from UNDP and the UN Foundation into a $14Million program which focuses on Community Based health, agriculture, youth employment and ICT. The New Nigeria Foundation programs are currently underway in 14 Nigerian States. Major energy companies, development agencies and Nigerian state governments are significant partners.

Principal planner for a National Income and Employment Program for Tanzania, financed by UNDP, the World Bank, and a number of bilateral donors. The program is a primary development activity for a national strategy to revitalize the Tanzanian private sector and create substantial new employment.

Designer of a Youth Employment Program for Senegal (AGETIP), financed by the World Bank and several bilateral donors. Project is now considered a model for creating sustainable employment and income through the private sector and is being replicated in a number of other developing countries by the World Bank.

Originator of the Development Fund for Africa, enacted by Congress in 1988. This special legislation for U.S. assistance programs in Africa led to substantial increases in budget allocation for African development efforts and created a longer-term, more flexible program and planning system emphasizing a results-oriented policy framework for U.S. foreign aid efforts.

Co-founder of the Club du Sahel, an international consortium of OECD donor countries and multilateral development agencies in the eight African sahelian states. Functioning continuously since its inception in 1978, the Club has coordinated external aid at an annual level in excess of $2 billion per year. Prior to the creation of the Club, annual assistance levels to this poorest area of Africa were less than $700 million annually. A recent evaluation of this long-term effort of the OECD has confirmed and quantified the substantial success of the program.

Successfully organized and led U.S. emergency drought assistance to the Sahel and West Africa in 1974 and 1975. The organization of this effort has been used as a model for subsequent drought emergency relief efforts in the 1980s and 1990s.

Initiator of the Sahel Development Program, which represents the U.S. contribution to the Club du Sahel. Prepared new legislation for this effort, thereby doubling the level of U.S. assistance and placing it in a more flexible planning context. Established new organizational systems for field management to administer the increased program and led the overall coordination of the U.S. and international effort.

Established the concept of the Regional Economic Development Services Offices (REDSO) in Africa, which have been operating in Abidjan and Nairobi since 1972. These were created as an overall plan to increase the effectiveness of field management for U.S. assistance programs in Africa. Set up the first REDSO operation in Abidjan and directed it after gaining agency-wide acceptance for field management reforms.


2006 – present Senior Consultant, Strategic Partnerships, LLC

2003 – present Chairman The Jane Goodall Institute, USA. Responsible for direction and oversight of the Institute which supports primate habitat preservation, community based conservation in Africa and environmental education for young people globally.

1999-2003 Managing Director, Citizens International. Founder and partner in the company, specializing in Private/Public Sector Partnerships for economic and social development. Major corporate clients include ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, Shell and IBM. Public partners include Gates and Packard Foundations, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank and UNESCO. Areas of geographic emphasis include Nigeria, China, Ghana, India, and Indonesia. Programs focus on human resource development, community based health and agriculture, youth employment and information and communications technology.

1987- 1998 President, Vice Chairman, International Management & Development, Washington, D.C. Responsible for development and oversight of international programs for The International Management & Development Group. Emphasis on Private Investment, Economic Policy Reforms, Privatization, Labor Modernization, Rural Employment, Environmental Policy, and Human Resources Development. Projects included China, Russia, Senegal, Mali, Uganda, Hungary, Poland, France, and the United Kingdom. Clients include General Motors, DuPont, General Electric, Caterpillar, Sara Lee, Tungsram, UNDP, World Bank, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

1992 – 2003 Visiting lecturer with rank of full Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.

1984-1987 Director, International Cooperation Department, American ORT Federation. Responsible for human resource development programs and liaison with World Bank, AID, UNDP, and the private sector. Efforts included work with World Bank in Zaire, Uganda, Burundi, and Nigeria; with UNDP in Chad and Cameroon. Led an evaluation of the USAID program in Philippines and conducted graduate seminars at Princeton University in project design, management, and evaluation. Active member of InterAction, including African Development Fund.

1979-1984 Director, USAID, Senegal. Responsible for $60 million annual bilateral AID program and $20 million regional programs which emphasized policy reform, agricultural and human resource development.

1978 Senior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and Development Administration, Princeton University. Visiting Fellow, Overseas Development Council.

1973-1978 Director, Office of West African And Sahelian Affairs. Directed all U.S. emergency relief efforts for Sahelian drought. Responsible for planning and implementing the Sahelian Development Program and special legislation in support of effort. Also instrumental in setting up Club du Sahel consortium of 18 donor countries and development agencies. Director, Regional Economic Development Service Office (REDSO), Abidjan. Responsible for technical oversight and project development in 19 West and Central African countries.

1971-1972 Fellow, Senior Seminar in Foreign Policy, Foreign Service Institute. Senior U.S. Government training program in foreign affairs.

1969-1971 Director, Africa Bureau Office of Development Planning and Budget. Directed development of overall U.S. assistance program for Africa, Africa Bureau budget formulation and Congressional presentation.

1966-1969 Officer in Charge, Zaire/Rwanda/Burundi/Ghana. Responsible for Washington backstopping of country development activities, including budget and project approval. Liaison with other U.S. government and international agencies in support of country programs.

1963-1966 Program Officer, USAID, Tanzania. Responsible for country assistance strategy, country budgets, and project development. Also directly supervised implementation of ten capital projects.

1962-1963 Assistant Program Officer, USAID, Nigeria. Prepared project and country budgets, congressional submissions, drafted and negotiated bilateral agreements.

Other Positions

General Manager, Bolton Farm Packing Co., Boston, MA, 1960. Sales Manager, Bolton Farm Packing Co., Boston, MA, 1957-1959.

Special Honors

 Senegal: ODRE National du Lion  AID Distinguished Career Service Award  President of the United States Meritorious Service Award  Appointed Career Minister by President Reagan, and U.S. Congress  Recipient of the Rockefeller National Public Service Award  Agency nominee for the Joseph C. Wilson Award  Agency nominee for the William A. Jump Memorial Award  USAID Meritorious Honor Award


Strategic Plan for the Liberian International Development Foundation, Citizens International, 2007

Oral History of Foreign Assistance Experience, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, 2001.

Controlling the Bushmeat Trade in Central Africa, The Jane Goodall Institute and Princeton University, 1999.

The Future of U.S. Assistance to Africa, DACOR Foundation, 1994.

Reform of Vocational Education in Central Europe, a private sector perspective, OECD, 1992.

Constraints and Prospects for U.S. Private Investment in Africa, Rockefeller Foundation, 1990.

International Donor Coordination, Overseas Development Council, 1988.

U.S. Delivery Systems for International Cooperation and Development to the Year 2000, Michigan State University, 1988.

A New Start in Africa, the African Development Fund, Howard University Law Journal, 1987.

Legislative Outline and Concepts Paper: The African Recovery and Development Act.

Global Development Issues to the Year 2000: Development Studies Program, AID, 1985.

Private Voluntary Agencies and the “Policy Dialogue” in Developing Countries, PVO Advisory Committee to AID, 1984.

Economics of Arid Land Development, Einstein Peace Foundation, 1982.

Village Viability in Contemporary Society, AAAS. Chapter Title: “The Role of the Village in Sahelian Development,” Harvard University, 1980.

New Directions in Development Cooperation, Overseas Development Council, 1980.

Impediments to the Realization of the Sahel Development Program: First Phase Analysis, Club du Sahel, OECD, Paris 1979.

The Role of Research in Policy Formulation, Proceedings of the African Scholars Council, 1978.

International Long-Term Planning for the Sahel, Society of International Development Quarterly, 1976.

The Politics of Natural Disaster, Praeger, 1976. Chapter Title: “Can the Sahel Survive?” Proceedings of the American African Studies Annual Meeing, 1975.

Development Planning in Tanzania, University of Dar-es-Salaam Press, 1966.


College M.A. Harvard University, 1959. B.A. with Honors, New York University, 1955.

Scholastic Honors  Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, Harvard University, 1956-1961.  William Austin Senior Fellowship, New York University, 1954-1955.  Undergraduate Fellowship Recipient, 1953-1955.

Areas of Special Studies: International Affairs and African History


Spoken: English, French. Read: English, French, Spanish

External links

  • "Biography", Citizens International, Accessed November 2006.