Global organization advocates for continued USAID investment in building resilience and tackling conflict
WASHINGTON, DC – The global organization Mercy Corps strongly applauds the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green as the Administrator for the United State Agency for International Development (USAID). During a time of historic global humanitarian need and displacement, strong leadership and expertise at the United States government’s development agency are urgently needed to tackle the fragility driving these unprecedented challenges.
“Ambassador Green brings the right experience and set of skills to run such a critical agency as USAID. His deep understanding of development and proven leadership abilities are desperately needed now,” says Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps. “With violent conflicts raging in several countries, more than 65 million people displaced and 20 million people at risk of famine, we need strong leadership at USAID from such a trusted and experienced leader as Green.”
Mercy Corps has partnered with USAID for decades to provide humanitarian assistance and build resilience of communities facing food insecurity, stagnant economic growth, weak governance and conflict. While the Trump Administration has proposed deep and disproportionate cuts to foreign assistance and staff at USAID in the FY 2018 budget process, there is also a concurrent redesign and reform process underway at USAID.
“We trust that Administrator Green will support the resilience agenda, embrace public-private partnerships as well as continue the helpful reforms USAID has undertaken over the last decade,” says Keny-Guyer. “USAID has been a leader in reducing and managing conflict – the number one driver of global displacement. We hope the new Administrator will continue to promote USAID’s independence and the depth of expertise the agency and its partner organizations have in preventing conflict and meeting the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people. We look forward to working with Ambassador Green and continuing our strong partnership with USAID.”
With support from partners including the United States government, Mercy Corps helps nearly 22 million people in more than 40 countries survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.MC_Statement_Mark Green USAID Confirmation_3August2017.pdf