Plan International USA congratulates Ambassador Mark Green on his confirmation as the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. Highly qualified to lead USAID, Green was unanimously approved by the Senate.
Plan applauds his vision for the future of USAID. In his confirmation hearing on June 15, Green described USAID as an “irreplaceable force of good in the world….an asset to our national security and the global face of American generosity.” Green’s vision for USAID sees the purpose of foreign aid as creating the conditions under which it is no longer necessary. That resonates with Plan’s goal of locally-led programs that create sustained impact.
Green will lead USAID at a pivotal time, with the agency facing proposed budget cuts and a reorganization plan that threaten to impair U.S. development work.
President and CEO of Plan International USA Tessie San Martin is confident in Green’s ability to lead USAID saying, “Senior political leadership at USAID is essential in ensuring there is support for and focus on the multitude of crises that require a coordinated response in the field. Mark Green is well respected in the development community and has the expertise to lead a robust U.S. response.”
As USAID moves forward under his leadership, Plan encourages Ambassador Green to build on the progress that the agency has made during the last two administrations. Plan fully endorses the updated program cycle and guidance that calls on USAID’s investments to create sustainability through local ownership. “USAID assistance should be designed to align with the priorities of local actors; leverage local resources; and increase local implementation to sustain results over time.”
Working this way whenever feasible will allow USAID to focus on the long-term impact of development assistance. That shift is essential for creating the conditions under which countries can transition willingly from aid to broader partnerships with the United States.