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...
The Trump administration has proposed cutting international aid by nearly a third — a move that "would be really debilitating to the agency," Jeremy Konyndyk told NPR's Jason Beaubien in May. Konyndyk, former head of USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, is now a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development.
The challenge for Green: trimming programs without gutting them, Konyndyk says.
"That's going to be a critical early test," Konyndyk says.
But Konyndyk isn't worried about how Green will handle this challenge.
"I wouldn't foresee him being someone jumping into this job with an eye toward deconstructing USAID or making debilitating cuts to U.S. development investment," Konyndyk told NPR.