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Mark Green Begins Work As USAID Administrator, Travels To Sudan On African Tour

Devex: USAID chief Mark Green’s first day at the office
“…Green takes office at a time when USAID’s future role and standing among U.S. federal agencies is uncertain. In May, President Trump proposed cutting U.S. foreign affairs spending by [nearly] one-third. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, is overseeing an open-ended reorganization process that has the development community on edge, and USAID continues to operate with few politically appointed leaders in place. Many at the agency and throughout the U.S. development community have welcomed Green’s arrival as a badly needed injection of leadership at an otherwise tumultuous time for U.S. development professionals…” (Igoe, 8/8).

NPR: 5 Quotes From The Head Of USAID On His First Day On The Job
“Mark Andrew Green, the new head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, kicked off his first day on the job with a speech to hundreds of employees. In his speech on Monday, he focused on what they can expect from him and his vision for USAID…” (Columbus, 8/9).

Reuters: In first trip, new USAID chief visits Sudan as sanctions deadline nears
“U.S. President Donald Trump’s new aid chief, Mark Green, kicked off an African tour in Sudan on Sunday, where he will assess whether Khartoum has done enough to get help into conflict areas to deserve eased sanctions. … He is due to visit aid projects in drought-hit zones including neighboring Ethiopia, at a time when Washington is considering an estimated 30 percent cut in the budget of the State Department and USAID…” (Wroughton, 8/27).

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