U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rode a wave of promises to shake up the Washington political establishment to victory in the election. Now he is tasked with appointing the agency and department leaders who will execute on that plan.
Trump has been quiet so far about what he has in store for the U.S. government’s foreign aid agencies. While many in the U.S. development community hope for the best, they are also keeping a close eye on Trump’s pick for the U.S. government’s top development job.
Donald Trump's landing team hasn't arrived at the U.S. Agency for International Development yet, leaving sitting aid officials to wonder whether they'll have time to brief the incoming administration in person or whether their written briefings will have to do.
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s administrator oversees a $20 billion portfolio of foreign aid projects and directs a global bureaucracy with more than 60 international missions. Trump’s choice of whom to nominate for the role could reveal a lot about how his administration will position foreign aid within a broader foreign policy architecture — and what U.S. development cooperation might look like for the next four years.
Click through the slideshare above to see eight possible picks for the Trump administration’s USAID chief.
Michael Igoe is a senior correspondent for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers U.S. foreign aid and emerging trends in international development and humanitarian policy. Michael draws on his experience as both a journalist and international development practitioner in Central Asia to develop stories from an insider's perspective.
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