WASHINGTON (May 10, 2017) — The global poverty-fighting organization CARE welcomes the announcement today of Ambassador Mark Green as the new Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Filling this critical role of the leading U.S. development agency is an important step in ensuring a strong and empowered USAID, which must be supported as the world faces famine conditions in four countries simultaneously, the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945.
During his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, Ambassador Green oversaw the largest Millennium Challenge Compact and a significant U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. Additionally, during his time as Congressman of Wisconsin’s 8th district, Ambassador Green crafted and led several important foreign policy initiatives, such as the Millennium Challenge Act, the Global Access to HIV/AIDS Prevention, the Awareness and Treatment Act of 2001 and the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act.
“CARE looks forward to working with Ambassador Green to support our shared commitment to addressing current development and humanitarian challenges, and to building upon the transparency and accountability results that USAID has achieved,” said Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE. “For decades, USAID has helped save lives, empower women and girls to lift themselves out of poverty, and serve as a beacon of American leadership and stability in the poorest communities around the world. We call on USAID to continue to support and lead a robust and effective humanitarian and development agenda.”
CARE has partnered with USAID for over six decades in five major regions, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Together, we have implemented programs in more than 80 countries and across sectors, including humanitarian assistance, food and nutrition security, health, economic development, governance, gender, climate change and water.
Together, CARE and USAID are working together to find innovative and sustainable solutions to development challenges, and we look forward to this continued partnership and commitment to creating a safer, more prosperous world. This partnership relies on sound leadership and a healthy agency budget. CARE remains deeply concerned by the Trump Administration’s FY18 budget proposal, which calls for significant cuts to foreign assistance programs that would gravely impact both the development and diplomatic endeavors of the United States. If enacted, this proposal would be a retreat from America’s leadership in the world and threaten our country’s ability to safeguard against the desperation and instability often caused by extreme poverty and suffering.
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world. To learn more, please visit care.org.
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