Plan International USA applauds the nomination of Ambassador Mark Green as the newest United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Administrator and urges the U.S. Senate to confirm Ambassador Green’s nomination.
Mark Green, having served as both a Member of Congress and later as a U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, is exceptionally qualified to serve as Administrator in this time of great global need: the humanitarian threat of at least four severe famines is growing; more than 65 million people around the world are displaced; 16,000 children die each day from preventable and treatable causes; and 65 million girls are not in school.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency working to end extreme global poverty and help build resilient, democratic societies that can realize their potential. USAID is Plan International USA’s largest institutional donor and has been instrumental to expanding Plan’s work in the communities that we reach. Present in more than 100 countries, USAID focuses on improving lives in the developing world by promoting economic prosperity; strengthening democracy and good governance; protecting human rights; improving global health; and furthering education, among other goals.
Plan looks forward to working with Ambassador Green in ensuring the U.S. fulfills its commitment to promote democracy, gender equality, human rights, and good governance around the world.
Highlights from the USAID Administrator nominee’s background on global development and diplomacy:
Ambassador Mark Green is a recognized leader who has long championed American development and diplomacy programs. A self-proclaimed fiscal hawk and bold supporter of effective foreign assistance, Green was heavily involved in the bipartisan reform efforts of the last decade that have made U.S. foreign assistance more efficient, transparent, and accountable than ever before.
Green understands that an “America First” agenda can – and must – include strategic investments in development and diplomacy. He has consistently defended the International Affairs Budget, underscoring how these programs are vital not just for “demonstrating our core American values” but also for “achieving our national security and foreign policy goals.”